Kingswood pupils have been putting in their 67 minutes and more for Mandela Day, in celebration of Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday on 18 July, by collecting books, warm clothes, items of school uniform, shoes, stationery and sports equipment for needy children in Grahamstown. Together with Chaplain, Rev Dix Sibeko, the goods have been delivered to various places who can distribute to children in need. The Home of Joy, a small private orphanage run by an angel called Margaret Ngcangca, who was the Grahamstown Citizen of the Year in 2011, houses 19 children ranging in age from 8 months to 18. Here they find a loving a home and Margaret manages to feed, clothe and educate these children largely with her own resources. She was grateful for boxes of clothing, toys and books for the Home. The Junior Chapel Stewards delivered boxes of school uniform, stationery, shoes and sports equipment to Ntsika Secondary School. Deliveries were also made to the Jabez Centre, and AIDS haven close to Kingswood.
The Junior School children all came to school dressed in the colours of the rainbow to celebrate Mr Mandela's birthday. "We're rainbow kids for Mr Mandela!", one little boy said as he ran to find his place in the colour spectrum for the photograph at breaktime!
Below, the Prep Department (Grades 1-3) pose in their rainbow colours with the books they brought to donate to needy children.
The whole Junior School - Kingswood's rainbow kids!
Senior Chapel Stewards visit with the children at the Home of Joy
Junior Chapel Stewards and Rev Sibeko (back right) with pupils of Ntsika Secondary School.