Miss Earth South Africa in association with Consol has, over the past week, touched the lives of over 7,000 learners from Katlehong, Diepsloot and Orange Farm as part of their annual Stationery Drive campaign. Thanks to the donations of corporate sponsors and the general public alike the first set of distributions in the organisation’s annual campaign was a resounding success.
On Tuesday 12 February, working with community members in Ekurhuleni, the team, accompanied by representatives of Consol Glass, Riso Africa and former Miss Earth South Africa winners, made their way into Katlehong to deliver in excess of 3,000 stationery packs and exercise books, printed and sponsored by Sappi, to learners in need at Kwanele, Realeboha and Abram Hlope Primary Schools. The two days that followed saw the Miss Earth South Africa distribute a further 4,000 stationery packs and exercise books with IMPERIAL Toyota, Tsogo Sun, Investec, PDNA and Bosch Home Appliances at schools in Orange Farm and Diepsloot.
“The contributions of the public is what makes it possible for us to equip these learners with the stationery they need to make the most of their education,” said Miss Earth South Africa National Director, Catherine Constantinides. Ella Bella, the organisation’s Educational Officer and Stationery Drive Programme Co-ordinator, said that many of the children were so overwhelmed with joy and pride to have their own their own set of stationery that they asked if they had to give it back. Many of the children had never used let alone owned their own colour pencils or wax crayons.
The Miss Earth South Africa will continue its distributions in the Gauteng region during the coming weeks before moving to KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape during April. In addition, a number of stationery packs are sent to schools in Limpopo and North West with which the organisation has a relationship. On-going contributions to the Stationery Drive can be made either in physical stationery or in the form of financial contributions to the Miss Earth South Africa organisation. It is asked that no old or broken stationery be sent. Stationery sets are the easiest and most logistically uncomplicated to distribute.
For more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Miss Earth South Africa’s website:
www.missearthsa.co.za and tweet @missearth_sa or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further queries call the Head Office in Johannesburg on (011) 680-6650.