Pupils' award: Rondebosch Boys' Grade 11s use their matric ball funds to feed the needy

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Learners from Rondebosch Boys' High School aiding a soup kitchen. (PHOTO: Facebook/Rondebosch Boys' High School)
Learners from Rondebosch Boys' High School aiding a soup kitchen. (PHOTO: Facebook/Rondebosch Boys' High School)

Prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, the Grade 11 class of Rondebosch Boys' High School (RBHS) raised funds for their matric dance, which is scheduled to take place next year.

The pupils raised R11 000, which was to be kept in a kitty until such time that the funds were needed for their matric dance.

The current Covid-19 pandemic prompted one of the Grade 11 pupils, Cameron de Kock, to reach out to those in need who are unable to put food on the table during this time.

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Oliver Slingers, a teacher at RBHS, introduced Cameron to Howard's Soup Kitchen - a local, family-run initiative that provides weekly hot meals to disadvantaged communities. This initiative inspired Cameron to approach the Grade 11 pupils to offer their support.

The pupils unanimously agreed to donate the available matric dance funds to Howard's Soup Kitchen and agreed that they still had plenty of time to raise funds for their dance next year. The available funds could be far better utilised to help feed those in need.

A group of RBHS Grade 11 representatives visited the community of Die Gatjie, an informal settlement in Diep River, where they helped hand out food parcels and serve hot meals.

Shaun Simpson, RBHS headmaster, said: "It has been a completely pupil-driven endeavour, from planning to implementation. This is what makes it especially gratifying – that these young men have developed a social conscience and feel empowered to make a difference and to be active citizens.

"It is one thing to have structures in the school to speak to what it means to be socially aware, but it is exactly the outcome you want when students take ownership and implement social responsibility in the community beyond the school."

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