Fill­ing lit­tle tum­mies

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SHE is a Mrs Africa 2017 fi­nal­ist, a Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional Mrs South Africa 2016 semi­fi­nal­ist, a wife, mother and fi­nan­cial man­ager. East Lon­don’s Yonela Sihle Jin­dela is a beauty with brains and a heart of gold.

Last week Friday she paid a visit to Si­nomonde Pri­mary School in Orange Grove, in East Lon­don, to hand over pack­ets of in­stant por­ridge she col­lected.

“We de­cided on break­fast be­cause most of the chil­dren go to school on empty stom­achs,” she said.

“They are not able to con­cen­trate in class and some even col­lapse. So the por­ridge will re­ally help them.

“I worked with a friend, Ba­balwa Mbuku, of Op­er­a­tion Feed a Child, who had vis­ited the school for some­thing else when this sit­u­a­tion came to her at­ten­tion.

“She asked me to lend a hand. I then posted a plea to my friends on so­cial me­dia. We col­lected over 100 pack­ets of in­stant por­ridge in two days.”

But the Good Sa­mar­i­tan does not want it to end there.

“Af­ter our visit to the school on Friday we wanted to do more. The joy and ap­pre­ci­a­tion from both the staff and the pupils tugged at our heart­strings.

“We then de­cided that we will keep on col­lect­ing por­ridge ev­ery week un­til there is a long-term plan to as­sist the school.

“We would re­ally like to ex­tend our help to other schools with a sim­i­lar prob­lem.”

Si­nomonde Pri­mary prin­ci­pal Vuy­isile Nkohla said: “We are very grate­ful to these young ladies for their help. Most of the pupils here de­pend en­tirely on the meal they get here at school.”

Any­one who wishes to do­nate or help in any way can call Yonela on 079-811-3358 or Ba­balwa on 072-866-7323.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

HEARTY FOOD: Mrs Africa fi­nal­ist Yonela Jin­dela, in yel­low, and her friends Ba­balwa Mbuku, sec­ond from left, and Khanya Njen­gele, right, of Op­er­a­tion Feed a Child do­nated por­ridge to Si­nomonde Pri­mary pupils in Orange Grove. Teacher Them­beka Sompa, left, and the school were over­joyed with the do­na­tion

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