Rotary Club Boksburg’s (South Africa, D 9400) president-elect Derek Fox and current president Noel Wauchope realised that many children carry their books to school in plastic bags or whatever they can find to serve the purpose.
It became clear to them and therefore Rotary that all school children need a school bag and so they decided to do something about it.
“We feel a child can be educated so much better if he or she has a decent bag in which to keep books and necessary items for school and homework,” said Boksburg Rotary club secretary Dave Beattie.
“It could be a project which will never end. And it is a need which everybody will understand and appreciate.”
With this mind, all proceeds from Boksburg Rotary’s Christmas Market and Carols by Candlelight will be used to support the ‘A School Bag For All’ project.
These two events are among Rotary’s biggest projects.
“The Rotary Club of Boksburg and its partners are excited to be able to contribute to the dignity of every child in preparing them for education,” said Wauchope.
He said it is not too late for other partners who still would like to play a role in the Christmas Market and Carols by Candlelight.
“We welcome any assistance to make this a memorable event which will allow a lot of money to be raised for school bags.”
He said with the assistance of East Rand Stereo, a “School Bags For All” pledge line is being instituted which is going to allow corporates and individuals alike to pledge R100 or more for a school bag.
It will also offer the opportunity for companies to challenge other corporates or individuals to equal or better their pledge.
“It is an exciting time and what a way to start off a new year with the thought that you have contributed to a child who will go to school proudly without having to suffer the indignity of not having the most basic item of school attire, a school bag,” said Wauchope.
President-elect Derek Fox said: “We are asking everyone from individuals to companies to corporates to have some fun with us and pledge R100 or more for one school bag and challenge all family, friends and business colleagues to equal or better their pledge.”
“We hope to set a record, but more than the record, we would like to ensure that as many learners as possible will all go to school in 2018 with at least a school bag. A little goes a long way. A small gesture will change a learner’s life.”
Rotary club will hold its Christmas Market and Carols by Candlelight on December 16 and 17 at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre from 11 am till late night.
Source: Boksburg Advertiser