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2016-11-22 06:00

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A Plumstead resident is on a mission to collect text books to help learners study.

Ellen Fedele, a teacher by profession, says she noticed how children struggled to get textbooks and study material because they are expensive, so she decided to do a book drive.

“You won’t believe how expensive books are. Study guides are about R250 each and each learner will need more than five for all their subjects. There is need to buy the answer book as well. So I thought something should be done to help out,” she says.

The idea came about while she was teaching Grade 11 learners at a local school.

“I bought study guides and others had their own books, but as they finished with the grade they didn’t really know what to do with the books, so I told them if they can they should give it to a lower grade. It came to me that I might be doing this here, but what about other children who are struggling? That’s why I decided to do the book drive,” says Fedele.

“For me it was like a pay forward situation. Others can afford the books but when they are done with the grade they don’t have the siblings or friends to take the book, so they go to waste. But with the book drive we can help those who need them the most. I know I can change someone’s life. There are so many disadvantaged schools, nursery schools that need books,” says Fedele.

Initially her idea was to help Grade 12 learners but the need for books is larger.

“Now I’m collecting any kind of book and we will find a home for them. There are so many children in need of books and it makes me so sad when other people throw away their books. Books are such a delight and a pleasure, so we should share them.”

V Books can be dropped at Ken Dry Cleaners in Main Road, Kenilworth. Contact Ellen Fedele on 079 185 7209 or


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