A book drive to combat illiteracy
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.