School gets prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony

Kepe Foun­da­tion adds glam with pres­ti­gious event

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NEW Gen­er­a­tion Pri­mary School was re­cently treated to an aca­demic and sports prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony cour­tesy of the Kepe Foun­da­tion.

This was the first project of its kind by the foun­da­tion, which was launched by Uni­ver­sity of Fort Hare (UFH) ac­count­ing hon­ours stu­dent Siya­si­bulela Kepe, who is also the CEO of the foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion is made up of 12 mem­bers, all hon­ours stu­dents or grad­u­ates in var­i­ous fields, who spon­sored the cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment for the 152 New Gen­er­a­tion Pri­mary School pupils.

The foun­da­tion also had each of the pupils’ cer­tifi­cates framed and dec­o­rated the tent to turn it into a pres­ti­gious and cel­e­bra­tory event.

Kepe acted as the guest speaker at the prize-giv­ing.

Var­i­ous stake­hold­ers were also in­vited to at­tend and cel­e­brate the chil­dren's awards. UFH au­dit­ing lec­turer Prof Lana Wel­don, as well as depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion maths, science and technology chief ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist Pumzile Masha­l­aba were among those present.

“From a young age, I al­ways loved help­ing oth­ers and giv­ing back to my com­mu­nity. I did not al­ways have the means to do so, but I re­mem­ber or­gan­is­ing sports days and mu­sic con­certs to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether through­out my high school days,” Kepe said.

“Now with a plat­form such as the Kepe Foun­da­tion I am able to share my life dream of lov­ing ev­ery soul in need and to do some­thing about it.”

As a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Kepe Foun­da­tion is funded by or­di­nary cit­i­zens. Known as crowd­fund­ing, the foun­da­tion en­ables any­one and every­one to help those in need through small do­na­tions or spon­sor­ships.

With two di­vi­sions – “Mo­ti­va­tion and Trans­for­ma­tion” and “I-Care” – Kepe and his team are ded­i­cated to aid­ing the ed­u­ca­tional, as well as the phys­i­cal and emo­tional needs of the com­mu­nity.

Their aim is to con­tinue run­ning th­ese award cer­e­monies for dis­ad­van­taged pri­mary schools, as well as of­fer­ing ca­reer ex­hi­bi­tions, mo­ti­va­tional vis­its to var­i­ous schools and study work­shops for ma­tric­u­lants.

Un­der the I-Care divi­sion, the foun­da­tion vis­its old age homes and or­phan­ages, as well as or­gan­ise com­mu­nity fun days. They are also run­ning their “Cover Me” cam­paign, re­quest­ing the public to do­nate any old or un­used clothes for those in need.

Through the use of so­cial me­dia, word of mouth and a crowd­fund­ing man­ager called "Candy Stick", the team at­tempts to get do­na­tions and spon­sor­ships in an ef­fort to en­sure the suc­cess of th­ese projects.

“We de­pend mostly on my monthly bur­sary al­lowance; a mere R2000. We are cur­rently struc­tur­ing a coun­cil of ad­vis­ers, con­sist­ing of lead­ers from dif­fer­ent fields. We be­lieve with their wis­dom we can move moun­tains,” said Kepe.

For any­one in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing the Kepe Foun­da­tion or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit their Face­book page or con­tact Kepe at siyakepe@gmail.com

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

PROUD DIS­PLAY: Some of the 152 New Gen­er­a­tion Pri­mary School pupils pose with their cer­tifi­cates of achieve­ment and other awards at the re­cent prize-giv­ing spon­sored by the Kepe Foun­da­tion

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