Rubi sharpens her pencils

2018-01-23 06:00
Rubi Nates.

Rubi Nates.

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“Kindness is not an act, it’s a lifestyle”, once said author Anthony Douglas William and this statement does not fall short in describing an 11-year-old girl from Constantia who has made it a lifestyle to help others.

Rubi Nates, currently in Grade 5, started Rubi’s Rainbow of Hope last year and she has run several projects to help others. She started by collecting shoes.

Having volunteered to help other charity organisations Rubi says she finds joy in helping others. She was pushed to start her own organisation when she went to a street store with her mother and they ran out of shoes.

Seeing other people turn back without shoes and other men settling even for female shoes just to have something on her feet moved her to start collecting so that she could help. Since starting her organisation she has collected shoes and books. Now she is collecting stationery as part of her Back to School project.

Being an avid lover of stationery she is kicking starting her new project to collect stationery to help those that don’t have.

“When I was looking at my stationery list I realised that there is so many things that we have to buy. Some of those things we don’t even finish and we don’t know what happens to them. So I thought I should collect stationery to help other children that might be starting a school year without stationery,” she says.

Rubi is collecting, books, pencils, erasers and even school bags.

“I noticed that most children use grocery shopping bags to carry books. When it rains those books are damaged and most of the times parents don’t have the money to replace the books. We are appealing to those that can help us to do so. We really want to help a lot of people but we can’t do it alone, we need everyone’s help. I really love stationery and this is a project close to my heart. I hope we will be able to help more people,” says Rubi.

Those that want to donate can use the following drop of points KFM in Green Point Charley’s Bakery in Cape Town, School and Leisure uniforms at Willowbridge, Tygervalley.

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