Pupils' award: Windsor High Grade 12s gift breadwinner classmate new phone, matric jacket

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Tasreeq Doovey and his mother, Raygaanah.
Tasreeq Doovey and his mother, Raygaanah.

A single act of kindness by the Grade 12Q class of Windsor High School in Lansdowne, Cape Town, will have a long-lasting positive effect on others, including their classmate and original beneficiary, Tasreeq Doovey.

Doovey's classmates presented him with a cellphone to replace the one that was stolen when he fainted on his way home from school on a Monday. Doovey was exhausted after working the weekend, writing a test in the morning and attending classes the whole day without eating.

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His father is a construction worker and had no income due to the lockdown. His mother is also unemployed and the 17-year-old works part time to support the family.

After the class's initiative to get Doovey a new phone, Roxanne Carter, the mother of one of the Windsor High School pupils, started a crowdfunding campaign to help ease the financial pressure on his family.

"The aim is to raise enough money to sustain the household without him having to work weekends until he has completed his final matric exam. The impact of donations is that he won't have to work weekends to provide for his family and can only focus on his final few months of school," Carter wrote on the BackaBuddy online fundraising platform.

To date, more than a R100 000 has been contributed and Doovey's first year of tertiary studies to become a teacher has been sponsored.

"We are extremely proud of the kindness that his classmates have shown him. During these difficult times, we, the staff of Windsor High School, made a commitment to focus on the value of caring for ourselves as individuals, caring for each other as a staff and extending this to show extra care to our learners. We agreed that by focusing on caring for each other we would become more resilient during Covid-19," says Dianne Morgan, principal of Windsor High School.

"Kindness is based on respect and love. These values are instilled at home and are nurtured at the school. We acknowledge our young people for the kindness that they have spread during this challenging time."

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