A book drive to com­bat il­lit­er­acy

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Roodt

THE South African stone fruit in­dus­try has rolled out a book drive in an ef­fort to get read­ing books for SA school pupils from schools in the UK.

The first batch of books was de­liv­ered this past week to a few schools in At­lantis and Mamre, namely Philadel­phia Pri­mary, Dar­ling Pri­mary, Avon­dale Pri­mary and Berzelia Pri­mary. The lat­ter school was es­pe­cially grate­ful, as they are cur­rently up­grad­ing their school li­brary.

The cam­paign is be­ing rolled out with the aim of help­ing to com­bat il­lit­er­acy in the coun­try by pro­vid­ing more read­ing ma­te­rial to young chil­dren in the prov­ince.This pro­ject il­lus­trates the strong link be­tween pur­chas­ing South African fruit and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the coun­try. It has gal­vanised sup­port from across the in­dus­try and be­yond.

Jac­ques du Preez, gen­eral man­ager for trade and mar­kets at stone fruit com­pany Hort­gro said: “This pro­ject il­lus­trates the strong link be­tween pur­chas­ing South African fruit and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to the coun­try. It has gal­vanised sup­port from across the in­dus­try and be­yond.”

Hort­gro has been driv­ing the pro­ject for the past seven years and more than 11 000 books are do­nated from UK school pupils ev­ery year. The donors put to­gether col­lages and other projects about South Africa to send away with their book do­na­tions, as part of a com­pe­ti­tion run by Hort­gro to give them the chance to learn about the SA stone fruit in­dus­try.

This cam­paign is on­go­ing and, with the West­ern

Cape pro­vid­ing most of the coun­try’s stone fruit sup­ply (fruits such as peaches, plums, man­goes and cher­ries), most of the do­na­tions will be to­wards schools in the prov­ince.

The do­na­tions will keep com­ing, with an­other ship­ment of books be­ing dis­trib­uted in the Langk­loof re­gion to­wards the end of this year.

Dar­ling Pri­mary School pupils en­joy­ing their new read­ing books.

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