Local biz takes kids back to class

Kellin Jordaan, Bevan Turner and Diago Loops with Ridwaan Matthews from Sniper Security Solutions who helped them with school uniforms and stationery.
Kellin Jordaan, Bevan Turner and Diago Loops with Ridwaan Matthews from Sniper Security Solutions who helped them with school uniforms and stationery.

As thousand of children went back to school last week, there were four among them who went back with even bigger smiles.

Their Factreton-based parents were struggling to buy uniforms but with the help of the Factreton Community Development Organisation (Facdo) and Ridwaan Matthews of Sniper Security Solutions they received stationery and uniforms.

Facdo started an outreach programme called “Adopt a child back to school”. The aim was to look for a donor who could help get stationery and uniforms for struggling children in the area.

Matthews came to the organisation’s rescue. He has also pledged to pay for the struggling pupils’ school fees for the whole year.

Ricardo van Niekerk, founder and chairperson of Facdo, says he knows what it is to lack basics.

“But we didn’t let our disadvantages pull us down. Regardless of our living conditions and the difficult circumstances, we lifted ourselves up and now it is our aim to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others who are struggling like we once did. Facdo and Sniper are working together to help better the lives of our youth,” he says.

Facdo has promised to form a solid relationship with the schools and teachers of the children whom it has helped.

“All the kids will be mentored. We want them to be respectful people. They must show discipline, study hard and make sure that they make a life for themselves. We will check their grades, absenteeism, attitude and commitment to schoolwork. They must up their grades so that one day they can also give back to their communities. We believe this will help create a better society, better citizens and better future leaders. They must carry themselves with pride and learn more,” Van Niekerk says.

V To help in the outreach programme run by Facdo contact Van Niekerk on 060 325 8698 or ricky.­wkkoo28@­gmail.com.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When planning for the Black Friday sales do you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Save, research and plan ahead, preparing to make the most of it?
8% - 847 votes
Wait and see what looks like a good deal on the day?
14% - 1605 votes
Have no interest in spending more money this year?
78% - 8692 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.43
(-0.06)
ZAR/GBP
20.50
(+0.08)
ZAR/EUR
18.23
(+0.36)
ZAR/AUD
11.23
(+0.46)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(+0.60)
Gold
1835.44
(-1.94)
Silver
23.55
(-2.62)
Platinum
930.00
(-1.27)
Brent Crude
45.19
(0.00)
Palladium
2327.89
(+0.62)
All Share
57147.31
(+0.94)
Top 40
52478.55
(+1.08)
Financial 15
11337.90
(+0.62)
Industrial 25
79917.53
(+1.49)
Resource 10
51771.17
(+0.65)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo