School gets prize-giving ceremony

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School gets prize-giving ceremony

NEW Generation Primary School was recently treated to an academic and sports prize-giving ceremony courtesy of the Kepe Foundation.

PROUD DISPLAY: Some of the 152 New Generation Primary School pupils pose with their certificates of achievement and other awards at the recent prize-giving sponsored by the Kepe Foundation Picture: SUPPLIED

This was the first project of its kind by the foundation, which was launched by University of Fort Hare (UFH) accounting honours student Siyasibulela Kepe, who is also the CEO of the foundation.

The foundation is made up of 12 members, all honours students or graduates in various fields, who sponsored the certificates of achievement for the 152 New Generation Primary School pupils.

The foundation also had each of the pupils’ certificates framed and decorated the tent to turn it into a prestigious and celebratory event.

Kepe acted as the guest speaker at the prize-giving.

Various stakeholders were also invited to attend and celebrate the children’s awards. UFH auditing lecturer Prof Lana Weldon, as well as department of education maths, science and technology chief education specialist Pumzile Mashalaba were among those present.

“From a young age, I always loved helping others and giving back to my community. I did not always have the means to do so, but I remember organising sports days and music concerts to bring the community together throughout my high school days,” Kepe said.

“Now with a platform such as the Kepe Foundation I am able to share my life dream of loving every soul in need and to do something about it.”

As a non-profit organisation, the Kepe Foundation is funded by ordinary citizens. Known as crowdfunding, the foundation enables anyone and everyone to help those in need through small donations or sponsorships.

With two divisions – “Motivation and Transformation” and “I-Care” – Kepe and his team are dedicated to aiding the educational, as well as the physical and emotional needs of the community.

Their aim is to continue running these award ceremonies for disadvantaged primary schools, as well as offering career exhibitions, motivational visits to various schools and study workshops for matriculants.

Under the I-Care division, the foundation visits old age homes and orphanages, as well as organise community fun days. They are also running their “Cover Me” campaign, requesting the public to donate any old or unused clothes for those in need.

Through the use of social media, word of mouth and a crowdfunding manager called “Candy Stick”, the team attempts to get donations and sponsorships in an effort to ensure the success of these projects.

“We depend mostly on my monthly bursary allowance; a mere R2000. We are currently structuring a council of advisers, consisting of leaders from different fields. We believe with their wisdom we can move mountains,” said Kepe.

For anyone interested in supporting the Kepe Foundation or for more information, visit their Facebook page or contact Kepe at siyakepe@gmail.com

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