Ton­gaat High serves humanity

Pupils scoop top prize in 5FM com­pe­ti­tion


TAK­ING the ini­tia­tive to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and show com­pas­sion for its com­mu­nity has earned the Ro­tary In­ter­act Club of Ton­gaat Sec­ondary School first prize in the na­tional 5FM Global Cit­i­zen Chal­lenge.

For its ef­forts, the school was awarded 50 tick­ets to at­tend the 2018 Global Cit­i­zen Fes­ti­val in Jo­han­nes­burg with per­for­mances by in­ter­na­tional su­per­stars Bey­oncé, Jay Z and Ed Sheeran.

Club sec­re­tary, Mayuri Nair, 16, said for the com­pe­ti­tion they were given five days to com­plete var­i­ous tasks that im­pacted pos­i­tively on the en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity.

They se­lected the recycling cat­e­gory. “When our teacher, Mrs NK Pil­lay, told us about the chal­lenge, we were ex­tremely ex­cited. We were al­ready in­volved in com­mu­nity projects and were up for the chal­lenge.”

For the chal­lenge, the pupils had to cre­ate a two-minute video which showed the recycling projects they com­pleted within the week.

“We also had to go into the com­mu­nity to em­power and en­lighten peo­ple on the im­por­tance of recycling, and find innovative ways to re­cy­cle. Our first ini­tia­tive was go­ing through our school’s store­room, and col­lect­ing all old books, card­board boxes and news­pa­pers which we handed over to Napri’s Waste,” said Nair.

“Us­ing our creative skills, we de­cided to use plas­tic shop­ping bags to cre­ate flow­ers and taught other pupils at the schools we vis­ited how to make them. Plas­tic causes great harm to the en­vi­ron­ment. In­stead of throw­ing your plas­tic away, why not re­use it? For ex­am­ple, if you have a party at home, why spend large amounts of money on fresh flow­ers, be creative,” she said.

The club also vis­ited lo­cal fabric busi­nesses, for spon­sor­ship of ma­te­rial. They made 350 bean-bags to be given to the pupils at dif­fer­ent spe­cial need schools in the area.

Grade 8 pupil, Breyal Goven­der, 13, said the idea was to help im­prove the pupils’ mo­tor skills. “We also vis­ited the li­brary to speak to the li­brar­i­ans about e-books and why they should get that.”

The club re­cently com­pleted its 67 projects in hon­our of Man­dela’s 100th birthday cel­e­bra­tion.

This in­cluded rais­ing an amount of R7 000 for the Child­hood Cancer Foun­da­tion of SA by hold­ing bake sales.

Other projects ranged from en­ter­tain­ing se­nior cit­i­zens, col­lect­ing food and house­hold goods for the poor, and as­sist­ing with the Ton­gaat Child Wel­fare Christ­mas party.

School prin­ci­pal, R Singh, said he was proud to be lead­ing such won­der­ful chil­dren.

“They al­ways give of their best and that in­cludes giv­ing up their time in the after­noons and week­ends to serve those in need.”

Busi­ness­man, Vi­vian Reddy, who spon­sored the trans­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion for the trip, said the ini­tia­tive by the pupils should be ap­plauded and emu­lated.

“Their only bar­rier for at­tend­ing the con­cert was the trans­porta­tion and ac­com­mo­da­tion. It was my duty as a cit­i­zen of this coun­try who cares about the plight of the less for­tu­nate among us to act. I be­lieve that par­ents must teach their chil­dren about the act of kind­ness and as­sist­ing the needy from a young age. It will cre­ate a fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple that col­lec­tively will help to up­lift our coun­try due to their be­lief that ser­vice to humanity is the work of God,” he said.


The Ro­tary In­ter­act Club of Ton­gaat Sec­ondary School won first place in the na­tional 5FM Global Cit­i­zen Chal­lenge. Seen are, from left, Kim­misha Singh, Breyal Goven­der, Vedal Angnu, teacher, Mag­gie Naidoo, Lizelle Goven­der, Yan­ganani Nt­la­bati, Thee­gan Naicker and Mayuri Nair. Back, Sholin Goven­der, and prin­ci­pal, R Singh.

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