Uniform donation

Former Red River Primary School principal, Ursula Jacobs, far right, with some of the recipients, from back, left, Tyreeq Heynes, and Aqeel Jansen, both in Grade 5. In the middle are, from left, Meckyle Richards, Mogamat Noor Henderson, Ramsay Moses, and Morochizato van Wyk, all Grade 4, and in front is Safaah Bennett.

A tracksuit donation has warmed the bodies and hearts of 10 pupils of Red River Primary School in Manenberg, thanks to generous donation from a church.

Former principal, Ursula Jacobs, asked her fellow parishioners at St Saviour’s Anglican Church in Claremont, to assist some of the pupils, and they heeded her call.

On Tuesday August 28, 10 children each received a new tracksuit, a pair of school shoes and socks.

Said Ms Jacobs: “I have worked at the school for 43 years. Although I am retired, I still visit the school often. I noticed that some children needed help, and I spoke at church about the need here. My fellow parishioners were eager to help and some made cash donations. Then I met with the deputy principal, Eugene Peters, and we got the ball rolling.”

Ms Jacobs added that this will be an ongoing initiative, and they hope to assist many more pupils.

Berenaine Arendse, one of the parents, said the donation means a lot to her family.

“I only work on weekends and my husband is unemployed. We have five children, and because we have to pay rent, and buy food, we seldom get to the other basic necessities our children need. I really appreciate the help,” Ms Arendse said.

Another parent, Safia Henderson, echoed Ms Arendse’s sentiments, saying she can’t thank the donors enough.