Three primary schools in Nelson Mandela Bay experienced a joyful start to the school year today after receiving a package of tailor-made essential goods from leading industrial gas company, Air Products, as part of its committed corporate social investment activities.
Last year Air Products handed Community Chest a donation and the fundraising organisation went on to identify needy schools in the city which would best benefit.
A range of critical infrastructure was bought for three schools in dire need of tables, chairs and other key operational items and delivered today, amid celebrations and thanksgiving.
Mngcunube Primary School in KwaNobuhle near Uitenhage received 20 tables, 80 chairs and three carpets; Nomathamsanqa Primary School in Despatch accepted a donation of kitchen utensils for the feeding scheme and Kwazakhele-based Seyisi Primary School received a sick bed for its first aid room.
Air Products’ Area sales manager, Pierre Fourie said at the Mngcunube Primary School handover, that it was a heart-warming to see the excitement on the faces of the children as they received their new desks and chairs.
“The impact that we hope to make is to inspire the learners and to ensure they look forward to coming to school every day. A favourable learning environment is important and we are proud to be a part of contributing to that goal, particularly as Air Products prioritizes education as central to our corporate social investment,” says Fourie.
“Education is the key to unlocking the potential in future chemical engineers, scientists and artisans and it starts at primary school level. A small contribution can go the distance when it comes to changing lives, which is what we aim to do.”
Mngcunube Primary School principal, Monwabisi Pepeta, was overcome with emotion, “We are one of the largest primary schools in the area and we struggled to find funds to buy more desks and chairs for our learners. We were blessed by this generous donation. A real need has been fulfilled and I am very thankful to Air Products and Community Chest.”
Nomathamsanqa Primary School principal, Thozamile Maqungo, said he was grateful for the donation which will contribute to the school’s feeding programme.
“Previously the children had to stand in long queues to wait for their meal, and we had to hand out the food in phases because we did not have enough plates for each learner. This was a time-consuming and frustrating process, but we are grateful and excited for the positive change this donation will bring,” says Maqungo.
Seyisi Primary School principal, Xoliswa Zikishe, also expressed her gratitude on behalf of staff and learners, and said a real need at the school has been fulfilled.
Community Chest Chief Executive, Beulah Lumkwana, says the donation comes at the right time and will start the school year off positively, “This is not just a donation, but rather an investment by Air Products into the future of these learners.”
The Community Chest is a fundraising organisation that effectively distributes resources to support development initiatives in vulnerable communities within Nelson Mandela Bay and has established an ongoing partnership with Air Products.
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