Youngsters benefit from Rotary’s R300, 000 uniform project

Club president, Vani Govender (centre) is seen with the members of the Rotary Club of Chatsworth and various sponsors of the school uniform project.

American essayist, lecturer, and poet, Ralph Waldo Emersen once said that children of this world are the true gems of this universe.

In keeping with these profound words, the Rotary Club of Chatsworth hosted their final club project for the Rotary term 2016/17 with a magnanimous school uniform distribution valued at over R300, 000. The successful initiative was held at the Chatsworth Hospice on Saturday.

This much-needed distribution formed part of the club’s community services outreach initiatives which resonated with the current theme of ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’. Uniforms were distributed to 17 primary schools within the Chatsworth area which still utilise the traditional school uniforms comprising of white dress for girls and grey pants with shirts for boys respectively.

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The function was attended and supported by various donors and sponsors who have generously funded this project since its inception 14 years ago. School principals, teachers, SGB members and pupils alike supported the worthy initiative.

Club president, Vani Govender thanked all donors and sponsors for their sterling efforts in supporting the project despite the current bleak economic climate and for networking with the club.

“We care for these precious children and provide a lifeline to the many destitute families within the community whose lives are plagued by various social ills such as unemployment, poverty and who cannot afford to purchase new uniforms,” said Govender.

Guest of honour from the Department of Education, Shobana Maharaj heaped praise upon the club for their amazing humanitarian projects and for paving the future for these young pupils. CEO of KZN Oils, Rajen Reddy also delivered a powerful motivational message to all the teachers and parents present.

“I also commend the Rotary Club of Chatsworth for undertaking this admirable project. To this end, our club was able to spread some much needed relief to the parents and renew hope for the young pupils,” added Govender.

Article: Bianca Lalbahadur 


Bianca Lalbahadur

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