“Help make kids’ trip memorable’’

2018-06-19 06:00
Some of the school’s learners set to join the sightseeing trip on 24 June.

Some of the school’s learners set to join the sightseeing trip on 24 June.

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A group of volunteers who generously donated more than 100 blankets to the poor last week (“Blankets to the chills”, People’s Post, 12 June) are on their feet again to assist a group of underprivileged learners from Rio Grande Primary in Manenberg.

Marwaan May, a librarian at the school and the leader of the local charity group, says blankets, clothing and food are among the much-needed items for the group of excited learners who are set for a sightseeing tour this month.

“The tour is an annual event that has been running for nine years straight, and it aims to educate the learners on other communities and cities, and to also treat poor kids to a journey throughout the country,” explains May. “We previously had a funder who assisted us with the trip, but they stopped. Our parents and teachers were then forced to continue the project through fundraising. We had several market days throughout the past two years, to be able to accommodate a group of kids this year again.”

May says some of the biggest needs for the group of kids going on the tour are clothing and blankets to dress and cover them up warmly in the cold weather set to hit the country over the next few days.

“Many of the children come from poor homes where life is very difficult. Some of them don’t have the necessary clothing and blankets to bring with them on the tour. If we can at least get about 12 blankets from members of the public, then things will be sorted in the short period of time we have left before departing,

“I went on the school tour in 2013, and it’s something that stays with a person as you get older. I believe that this is a beautiful tour for the kids to show them what their country looks outside the areas they come from, and away from the everyday life of gangsterism and drugs.”

Gwenette van de Schyff, also a school librarian at Rio Grande Primary, says a group of 46 children and 10 adults will depart on Saturday 24 June at 14:00 sharp.

“Our last tour was in 2016, when we took the learners on a tour through Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay. This was an unforgettable experience for all. This time, the learners are going to Sun City in Rustenberg and will be travelling through Johannesburg, Durban, PE, Knysna and Mossel Bay,” explains Van de Schyff.

“Many of our teachers and parents have worked really hard since the last tour, up until now, to pay for accommodation and food. Some teachers are even paying for learners’ transport fees. But there are still a few things needed before we depart and the public’s assistance is needed in this regard.”

“Not everyone has a good Samaritan that they can look forward to. If there are a few good Samaritans out there reading this article, it will be highly appreciated if you can lend a hand, or maybe a sweater, pants, socks, winter hat, scarf and so forth. I know a lot of us are struggling, but these learners will always remember this unique opportunity,” she adds.

V For more information on the sightseeing tour, call 072 140 4201 or email gn.vanderschyff@gmail.com.

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