Pupils help sick chil­dren

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The East Lon­don Port Rex Lions joined grade 6 pupils from Stir­ling Pri­mary School to do­nate toys, bean­ies and toi­letries to pae­di­atric pa­tients at Frere Hospi­tal re­cently.

Port Rex Lions pres­i­dent Diana Sierra said the pupils raised more than R7,000 in a South African Na­tional Blood Ser­vice (SANBS) com­pe­ti­tion run at the school.

Each class re­ceived a sum of money if they man­aged to get peo­ple to do­nate blood.

In the end, the grade 6 class had the high­est num­ber of donors.

The pupils then do­nated the money to the Port Rex Lions.

A num­ber of fluffy “com­fort” toys, as well as packs of cleans­ing and pam­per prod­ucts were do­nated on the day.

“The visit is a quar­terly event on our cal­en­dar.

“The do­na­tion by the grade 6 pupils made it pos­si­ble to pur­chase gifts and snacks for the pa­tients,” Sierra said.

She said the do­na­tion from the pupils was an in­spi­ra­tion on its own.

“These ad­mirable young­sters not only par­tic­i­pated in the drive for blood but they also went on to make a dif­fer­ence to fel­low chil­dren by do­nat­ing their win­nings in a way that they felt pas­sion­ate about,” she said.

She added that the visit was led by Frere Hospi­tal CEO Dr Ro­lene Wag­ner, who as­sisted them. Wag­ner wel­comed the do­na­tion. “Frere man­age­ment and staff welcome the do­na­tion of bean­ies and toys for the Frere pae­di­atric pa­tients.

“It is al­ways heart-warm­ing when the com­mu­nity comes for­ward and tries to make a dif­fer­ence to the chil­dren at a time when they are so vul­ner­a­ble.

“It is even more touch­ing when the do­na­tion comes through the ef­forts of these young chil­dren from Stir­ling.

“This ex­er­cise teaches them the im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing their rel­a­tive priv­i­lege and to give gen­er­ously to oth­ers,” she said.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

MAKING A DIF­FER­ENCE: East Lon­don Port Rex Lions and Stir­ling Pri­mary School grade 6 pupils do­nated toys, bean­ies and toi­letries to Frere Hospi­tal pae­di­atric pa­tients re­cently

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