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Campaign helps school children

16 February 2015
Kouga Municipality’s Special Programmes Officer Vuyani Zana (second left) and Kouga HIV/Aids Coordinator Gene Thube (far right) hand over school clothing and stationery to Makukhanye Primary Principal Mangaliso Mbatani(second from right) and teacher Nomsa Charlie.

Kouga Municipality’s Special Programmes Officer Vuyani Zana (second left) and Kouga HIV/Aids Coordinator Gene Thube (far right) hand over school clothing and stationery to Makukhanye Primary Principal Mangaliso Mbatani(second from right) and teacher Nomsa Charlie.

Kouga Municipality’s HIV/Aids Coordinator Gene Thube(left) and Kouga Special Programmes Officer Vuyani Zana (far right) hand over school clothing and stationery to St Patricks Primary Principal Freddie Sysaar (second from right) and teacher Annie Marais.

Kouga Municipality’s HIV/Aids Coordinator Gene Thube(left) and Kouga Special Programmes Officer Vuyani Zana (far right) hand over school clothing and stationery to St Patricks Primary Principal Freddie Sysaar (second from right) and teacher Annie Marais.

Campaign helps school children

Two schools in Kouga are now able to assist some of their less privileged pupils with school uniforms and stationery items, thanks to a campaign by the Kouga Municipality.

The “Back to School” campaign benefitted St Patricks Primary in Humansdorp and Makukhanye Primary in Jeffreys Bay, with items such as school pants, shorts, white shirts, jackets, black shoes and stationery such as pens and crayons.

The campaign was launched by the municipality at the end of November, last year. The public, councillors and municipal staff were called upon to make donations towards assisting less privileged school children with any school items.

Donation boxes were placed at municipal reception areas for members of the public who wished to contribute items towards the cause.

The programme was driven by the Special Programmes and the HIV/Aids Coordinating Units of the municipality. A total of 65 items were received.

Portfolio Councillor Thandeka Maseti said the municipality was pleased with the response as this was a first attempt at running the programme.

“We would like to encourage people to remember how fortunate and blessed some of us are by having what we have. But we should always remember the less privileged and share with them what we can as steps towards building a caring society.”

“Children are the future of our land and any positive investment in them is an investment to the future. With the little contribution you make, you may have built a leader of our country,” she concluded.

Both St Patricks principal Freddie Sysaar and Makukhanye Headmaster Mangaliso Mbatani expressed great gratitude at the gesture, with Mbatani saying the contributions may look small to the giver but mean the world to the recipient.

“That second-hand shirt that someone may see as nothing may be the only shirt that the receiving child will have and will therefore treasure. On behalf of the children, we are truly thankful” said Mbatani.