New scholar transport association

2019-06-25 06:01
Members of the newly-launched Kensington Scholar Transport Association at the launch.

Members of the newly-launched Kensington Scholar Transport Association at the launch.

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The Kensington Scholar Transport Association (Kenstra) was officially launched at the Shawco Hall on Wednesday 19 June.

The event was held to make the community aware that such an organisation exists within the neighbourhood.

Although most members of this association have been transporting learners to and from school for over 20 years, the association was only registered last year.

“We have been transporting school kids for a long time, but we decided last year that we form a formal association where we can offer support to each other,” chairperson of the association, Mariam Hendricks said.

Having only been registered for a year, the association has grown to over 20 drivers and shows potential of growing further.

“The members were determined to work together and we have realised the potential we have together as a team.”

In the past year, the association has lent a helping hand to schools that needed it.

“We have been engaging with a lot of schools in the community; taking part in their fun walks and handing out water to walkers along their routes. Some of our drivers also volunteer as patrollers sometimes to make sure that the children cross the roads safely,” Hendricks said.

The association is currently collecting blankets to donate to needy families and homeless people in and around the Kensington and Factreton areas.

They are also looking at having an outreach programme for senior citizens in the community.

Ward 46 councillor Helen Jacobs said that she was happy that an association like this was started in the community. She said the association has a promising future.

“I have had interactions with members of the group and I am happy that they decided to have this kind of association; it is a good start for the community,” Jacobs said.

She said unity in the taxi industry was pivotal and such associations seek to address any issues that might hinder the smooth operation of businesses.

“We need this kind of unity in the industry, especially with all the issues that always surround the industry. Now is the time for us to start working on those issues and develop a plan and programme of going forward,”Jacobs concluded.V For more information on Kenstra email kensingtonstf@gmail.com.

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