One day of giving, two months of food

2019-08-06 06:01
Caleb Brandt and Chezre Miller help to pack the non-perishables that were donated to organisations in Retreat.

Caleb Brandt and Chezre Miller help to pack the non-perishables that were donated to organisations in Retreat.

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Zerilda Park Primary School children and their parents proved a little love can go a long way when each learner donated R2. Putting their money together, they were able to give a large donation to organisations in the community.

The learners and their parents were eager to make a valuable contribution to honour Mandela Day, Thursday 18 July, and to uplift their community which sees many organisations work hard to help its people.

“We, the learners and staff of Zerilda Park Primary, adopted an initiative for Mandela Day to give back by donating non-perishable items and encouraging donations of R2 to sponsor an organisation of their choice in our area and surrounds,” said Lorna Engeldoe, principal of the school.

She added that several organisations benefitted from the generosity of the school.

“The drive was so well supported that we managed to donate non-perishable items to Mother’s Unite, Kids Shelter in St Montague Village and hand-knitted jerseys to Philisa Abafazi Bethu,” added Engeldoe.

Mothers Unite aims to empower children and combat antisocial behaviour by working with the children of the community.

“We are very appreciative of the fact that the learners, teachers and principal thought of our organisation. The donation will keep us going for about two months,” said Carol Jacobs, founder of Mothers Unite.

She continued: “We try to be creative with our cooking and the donation was unexpected.

“A lot of the kids who go to Zerilda belong to our centre. Mothers Unite appreciates the very nice and kind gesture.”

Mandela Day might just come once a year, but the initiative taken by the school will last the beneficiaries for much, much longer.V For more information on Mothers Unite, call 065 161 4984.


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