Help raise funds for tertiary education

2017-12-19 06:00
Jeremiah Pernie and Samantha Sedgwick were sponsored with a car and outfits for their matric dance.

Jeremiah Pernie and Samantha Sedgwick were sponsored with a car and outfits for their matric dance.

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Help Mandy Adams place two underprivileged matriculants in tertiary institutions next year.

Adams says the two matriculants from Kensington High School have dreams of changing their lives for the better, but their financial situation could destroy their dreams.

Adams says she has been mentoring the two learners since their lower grades and she recently organised them a decent matric dance with the help of other residents. One of the matriculants, Samantha Sedgwick (18), comes from a large, less-fortunate family in Factreton. She wants to become a teacher and is hoping to attend UCT or Northlink College. The other matriculant, Jeremiah Pernie (20) from Sixth Avenue in Kensington, wants to study a firefighter course. With Adams’ help, they have both secured part-time jobs to help them save money for their studies.

Adams says: “The money they earn at these piece jobs will not be enough to put them at a tertiary institution next year. They are doing what they can, but education is very expensive, hence I took it upon myself to continue helping them. I appeal to the public to help them pay their fees and get the education they want. I have known them for a very long time and I can see they do not like their lives and want to do the right thing and make a change.”

She says she monitored their performance during the year and could not believe the good grades they maintained despite the challenges they faced at home.

Sedgwick says: “Auntie Mandy has been there for us since we were young and we appreciate everything she has done for us. We hope the effort she is putting in to help us get to university will be a success. It would be a dream come true for me. I am even looking for other jobs as well and I am planning to open a savings account so I will not be tempted to waste the money. I really want to go study next year.”

Pernie says he could not believe it when he was accepted as a volunteer worker, which he was told is to help him save money to go and study. “I do not want to take a gap year, but the money I will be earning here will not be enough to help me to go to college. If someone can advise me how I can get help with studying towards being a firefighter through a scholarship or would like to fund my studies, I would appreciate it. Getting a good job will change my family’s situation,” he adds.

Adams is being supported by ward 56 councillor, Helen Jacobs, who says the community needs many more people like Adams. “If we see people doing good, we must do everything we can to support their kind gesture. I also plead with the public to help Adams put these children through tertiary education next year.”V If you can help, call or text Mandy Adams on 084 845 6586.

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