Let’s face it, the first half of 2020 has not gone how anyone planned. We all had big plans for how this year was going to be great but those plans got derailed as soon as the new, mysterious illness from China started spreading across the globe in the beginning of this year. However, SPAR continues to give back to the community, to help our people at every opportunity we can find.
Our children are the future and education is their best way forward and because of this, SPAR takes giving back to our children and schools very seriously. Let’s take a moment to recognise and celebrate the SPAR stores that are doing their part to give back to children and schools.
Acacia SPAR: The idea for this drive came from Mialeigh, the daughter of Acacia SPAR’s manager, Willie Bosman. She asked her father if they could place a trolley at the store’s entrance and ask their customers to donate reading books, stationary books and colour pencils, then donate them to SOS Children’s Home. When Willie asked why, she answered, “Daddy, reading gives knowledge.” Acacia SPAR collected over 300 reading books and two crates of stationary. Mialeigh went with to hand the books over and had a wonderful day, spending time with the children and reading a few stories to them from their new books.
Bamangwato SPAR: Bamangwato SPAR donated 35 school uniforms at a cost of P9464 to Mpelege Caring Centre for orphans who attend the primary school.
Boiteko SPAR: Branch Manager Florence Ortell handed over school tracksuits worth P14285 to Makoloiwane Primary School. The school was pleased and appreciative of the gesture and parents expressed how they believed this will make the children more motivated to come to school.
Ghanzi SPAR: Ghanzi SPAR donated 150 hot dog rolls and 15 loaves of bread at a cost of P300 to Pioneer Academy to be used at their 4×4 Fun Day. The event was successful in ensuring everyone had an unforgettable day and in raising a substantial amount of funds for Pioneer Academy. The school will use the money to uplift the school even more and ensure that every student has the opportunity for quality education.
Khanye SPAR: No child should be forced to go to school with cold, bare feet and Khanye SPAR donated school shoes to 58 students at Segopotso Primary school at a cost of P15077,10.
Kgabo SPAR: 17 learners who attend Phaphane Primary School are registered under Social and Community Development with the Kgatleng District Council. Kgabo SPAR donated uniforms to the value of P12653,29 to these 17 learners.
Marang SPAR: Marang SPAR hosted a Spelling B Competition for local school children. Many children were and very excited and worked hard to improve their spelling for the competition. Marang SPAR donated P2880 for the event.
Marang SPAR: Marang SPAR helped Maradu Primary School set up a vegetable garden and supplies them with every year, as well as chicken manure. Maradu Primary School then sells the fresh produce back to SPAR and uses the money to develop the school.
Mochudi SPAR: Mochudi SPAR donated 20 school tracksuits to the value of P10928,50 to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the Ramonaka Village.
Palapye SPAR: Palapye SPAR donated P500 to Sebeso School to develop their Home Grown Project. This initiative aims to help the school become more self-sustainable by planting vegetables.
Palapye SPAR: Palapye SPAR also donated P17400 worth of sporting equipment including netball kits, soccer kits and goal posts. The aim is to keep the 944 learners at the school interested in sports by playing netball and soccer.
Phakalane SPAR: Oodi Primary School educates 20 orphans and Phakalane SPAR donated P6706,80 of toiletries and school supplies to these 20 learners who cannot afford such luxuries.
Railpark SPAR: Railpark SPAR donated 15 Smart Tablets for educational purposes, a Smart TV and school uniforms for the learners at Botswana Society for the Deaf. The project was worth a total of P21444,53.
Village SPAR: Little Miss Sunshine Preschool in the Village was in desperate need of help. The ceiling was falling to pieces, hardly any toilets worked and the children used to sleep on the floor. Village SPAR used P31476,96 to repair all the ceilings, install new toilets and buy mattresses for the children to sleep on. They also constructed paving and shade netting to give the children place to play.