Family celebrates 80th birthday with generous donation to Tembaletu School
12 September 2019
The plight of Tembaletu School in Gugulethu has been weighing heavily on the heart of Anusha Naidoo, the Manager for Circuit 8 in the Metro Central Education District (MCED).
The school caters for learners with special education needs. Learners have varied physical and academic disabilities, many of whom are in wheelchairs.
Naidoo said the school struggles financially, especially with learner transport expenses and very little financial support from parents.
“The school hostel was broken into two years ago and the hostel TV and other articles were stolen. This was the only form of entertainment that the learners had in the evenings.”
“When I heard of this and visited the hostel, I was very disturbed.”
Stepping into action, Ms Naidoo managed to source a donation of a TV for the hostel from a religious organisation. She then came up with another plan to get more donations.
Naidoo’s father-in-law turned 80 in July and the family decided to request donations for the school in lieu of presents.
“I encouraged guests to support the school by donating money towards school uniforms - tracks suits, jerseys, shoes and educational games for the hostel.”
Following the event, the family had raised enough money to purchase educational games for the hostel learners and donated R8 000 towards school uniforms. The family visited the school to hand over their gifts, serving a meal to the learners and some surprise luxuries!
Ayanda Mtshazo, Tembaletu Principal, contacted WCED News to tell us what Ms Naaido had done in appreciation for her donation. He said the parents were very thankful for their Circuit Manager’s generosity. “The learners look very smart in their new school uniforms which
contributes in maintaining discipline in our school.”
Ms Naidoo said that she continues to look out for sponsorships, especially for the learners that are needy.
“At Metro Central Education District we are all committed to fighting the war against poverty. Each day we practice this mantra whilst serving our schools, community, learners and SGBs.”
The Western Cape Government explains the value “Caring” – as “To care for those we serve and work with”.
This is undoubtedly a true example of that value.
Now imagine if everyone saw their family celebrations as a means to serve our schools in need?