Micklefield raises R23k for charities

2018-04-24 06:00
Micklefield School learners during their fundraising activities at the celebration.

Micklefield School learners during their fundraising activities at the celebration.

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Micklefield School in Rondebosch has raised R23 000 for 11 charities across the Peninsula.

The money is proceeds from the market held during the celebration of the school’s 90th anniversary last month.

The benefitting charities are Project Flamingo, Ubuntu House, Tears, AACL, GreenPop, Grow, Volunteer Wildfire Service, Leaps, Sporting Chance, Atlantic Hope and Huis Luckhoff.

The school was started in 1928.

The celebration was made a success by the presence of more than 1000 people, including current and former learners, parents and residents.

According to Joanne Tudhope, marketing and communications officer at the school, the event saw learners from as far back as 1942 also attending.

Tudhope says Micklefield has a strong ethos of giving back to the community­.

“As part of a six-month entrepreneurship programme, the Grade 6 learners choose a charity in need of fundraising and establish a business with the aim of volunteering their time and raising funds in support of their charity. The girls learn valuable lessons on persistence and offering support to others less fortunate than themselves. These are life skills which engender empathy within the larger community and develop their potential as valuable citizens of the future.”

She thanked everyone that joined in the birthday celebrations and who has contributed to the magic of Micklefield for the past 90 years.

Guests got to witness the launch of Micklefield Magic, a children’s book written by Deborah Gildenhuys and illustrated by Wendy Paterson.

The market was hosted by a group of 222 learners who came together to make the celebration special. They hosted different functions including markets, an art exhibition, cocktail function and a summer picnic.

Buhle Lekoma, one of the learners who hosted the celebration, says she learned a lot and believes it was the spirit of working together that made their event a success.

She says she appreciates that from a young age the learners are exposed to giving back to those less fortunate.

It is important to know different environments and lend a helping hand, she says.

Georgia Makin, another learner, adds: “It is not always easy to give back. You have to volunteer your time. You will realise that it is worth it knowing that you have contributed in a positive way to somebody’s life.

“It is important to give back as you never know what circumstances you might be faced with. If I was in a difficult situation, I would like to think that people would help me.”

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