Learners support hospital

2018-05-15 06:00
From left: Sinoxolo Hashe (secretary), Bongile Mangena (chairperson), Akhona Ndlela (deputy chairperson), Gay Lagardien (Focha manager), Cameron Theunis (deputy secretary) and Skyeler Gasnola (treasurer).

From left: Sinoxolo Hashe (secretary), Bongile Mangena (chairperson), Akhona Ndlela (deputy chairperson), Gay Lagardien (Focha manager), Cameron Theunis (deputy secretary) and Skyeler Gasnola (treasurer).

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Learners from a local school recently came to the aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The Entrepreneurship Club at Windermere High School in Factreton sacrificed their first break on Monday 7 May to hold a market day in support of the hospital.

The group of learners, under the leadership of Business Studies teacher Bernard de Louw, brought their own products to sell. During the break the learners went on with their business, showing off the skills they had gained over the past two years since the group’s inception. They raised R1070 and donated all the money to the hospital.

Two days later, on Wednesday 9 May, the club’s executive team visited the office of Friends of the Children’s Hospital Association (Focha), the lead organisation providing non-medical support to patients, their parents and caregivers at the hospital.

Focha develops partnerships with volunteers, the community and donors.

Upon their arrival at Focha’s office the learners were greeted by manager, Gay Lagardien­.

Club chairperson, Bongile Mangena, took the opportunity to speak to the staff, explaining what the group intends to do with the funds raised. Treasurer Skyeler Gasnola shared with the staff that she had been a patient at the hospital in 2001.

It was an emotional moment for all at the office as staff members explained the need for funds and how appreciative they were that the learners were able to assist the hospital­.

Club members also announced at the event that Red Cross would become their charity of choice and they would continue to raise funds for the hospital.

De Louw, who is also the club’s coordinator, says he is exceptionally proud of his learners because although the school is situated in Factreton, his learners believe they can make an impact, be it a small one.

The group is aiming to win the Eskom Simama Ranta national competition for young entrepreneurs this year. It has also pledged its support for the hospital in future events.

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