- Cameron de Kock, a Grade 11 pupil at Rondebosch Boys' High, used money raised for a matric dance to help people in need.
- He made up 37 food parcels of cooking oil, rice, noodles, flour and other essentials.
- The act of kindness has sparked a food drive, encouraging the whole school to donate non-perishable goods.
After visiting community soup kitchens with his school's Civic Engagement Society, Cameron de Kock was inspired to do something good for those in need.
The Grade 11 pupil at Rondebosch Boys' High, together with some of his friends, raised R11 000 at an event earlier this year. The boys were going to use the money for their 2021 matric dance.
But Cameron felt the money could be put to better use, helping needy families during this stressful time.
This act of kindness has since sparked a food drive, which encouraged the entire school to donate non-perishable goods.
"I wanted to donate the money where it could feed people and help families," he explained.
"I really thought the money could be used in a much more profound way, especially considering the fact that we have the whole of next year to raise the funds," he added.
Cameron and his mother bought and packed over 30 food parcels. Each hamper contained basic essentials, like cooking oil, flour and rice.
He said they didn't just want to donate the money, but wanted to give some of their time and effort as it "means so much more to people".
The 17-year-old and his friends said they were touched by the warm reception they received in the affected communities.
Inspired to act
Rondebosch Boys' High School saw their efforts, and was inspired to join in.
The school sent out a circular to ask others to contribute to the food drive.
"Because the first initiative was done independently, the school thought to spread it to the rest of the school," Cameron said.
The second food drive started this week and pupils dropped off non-perishable goods.
The senior boys roped in the help of the Grade 8 pupils, to sort and pack food hampers. These will be ready for delivery next week.
Cameron said he hopes that other schools in the area can follow their example.
"It's sad that many schools might not be having a matric dance. I encourage all of those schools and those pupils to find it in themselves, and their generosity, to look for a cause to donate that money to," he said.
"It will be a massive amount of money if schools put their money together, and there are places that need that help."