Daily Dispatch

Pupils help refurbish needy school

- By QAQAMBA MAGADLA

WHILE many South Africans wait for former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday to do good deeds, four St Andrew’s College pupils spent a day refurbishi­ng Sinakho Daycare Centre in Grahamstow­n last month.

This was part of the school’s annual initiative to give back to the community.

The pupils, Ayomide Israel-Akinbo, John Torcida, Justin Stoddart and Michael Veloza chipped in and helped in the project.

The initiative is one of the requiremen­ts for the Gold Level of President’s Award, which aims to get the youth involved and change communitie­s for the better.

The project at the daycare took place in collaborat­ion with the Tiger Titans Cricket Club, founded by do-gooder Ross McCreath.

The daycare is owned and run by Mabuyi Njengele, affectiona­tely known as “Ma Bessie”.

Ma Bessie, who has run the daycare for more than 10 years, said she was grateful to the pupils of St Andrew’s College, as well as former The Herald Citizen of the Year McCreath.

She said because most children at the school were from poor families, the daycare fee she charged did not go very far.

“I am so happy for my children and very grateful to the pupils from St Andrew’s and the McCreaths.

“The children are going to enjoy playing with the new toys and the daycare looks really great,” she said.

After the refurbishi­ng of the daycare by the pupils, McCreath’s sister, Brittany, who is a former Diocesan School for Girls pupil, invited the President’s Award participan­ts to join an interventi­on which she initiated as part of her health psychology course at the University of Cape Town.

She said the idea was to make play-dough sets which would allow the children further access to improved early childhood developmen­t outcomes, improved school readiness, opportunit­ies for play and imaginatio­n exploratio­n and improved stress and anxiety relief, all through the use of regular play with the sets.

The four pupils further spent another afternoon making the play-dough sets, which were then donated to the daycare centre.

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