Help kids get into clean shirts

2017-05-09 06:00
Some of the entrants of a Factreton talent search competition that will help raise funds to buy and collect school shirts for the needy.

Some of the entrants of a Factreton talent search competition that will help raise funds to buy and collect school shirts for the needy.

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Help Factreton youth gather 4000 school shirts for local learners in need.

A campaign to collect the shirts has recently been launched and is aimed at reaching the targeted number by the end of the month.

The collected shirts will be donated to needy learners with the aim of motivating them to take education seriously and be confident at school while sustaining good relations amongst the beneficiaries’ families.

Campaign coordinator Cheslyn Steenberg says: “We are calling upon all our schools, public institutions, businesses, residents and religious spaces in our area to become hubs where the shirts can be dropped off and be collected by staff, learners, shoppers and parishioners.”

He says school shirts that are still in good condition are accepted.

He explains the idea was developed after their research revealed that many learners depend on three shirts or fewer during a school week. The campaign, called Factreton Got Talent, aims to make sure all learners have enough shirts for each day of the week.

The campaign, funded by Frontiers, includes a series of talent competitions. Individuals between the ages of six and 35 can enter as registration is still open.

The first round of auditions started this past Saturday. To raise funds to buy new school shirts participants and audience members paid an entry fee.

Steenberg says they will allow one month for sorting and making adjustments to get the donated shirts ready to be handed over on Tuesday 18 July, Mandela Day. The winners of the auditions will be announced on Friday 16 June and they will win a chance to tour Cape Town.V For more information contact Cheslyn Steenberg on 083 543 1344.

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