Winner’s ways benefit children

PNA’s Back-to-School colouring-in competition

WITH school holidays having been extended, a challenge for many parents and guardians remains how to keep young children happily occupied.

Thankfully Penny, the monkey mascot from PNA Stationers, came to the rescue with her Back-to-School colouring-in competition.

Launched in 2017, the competition’s popularity has grown extensively over the years with 40 entries being received that year.

A remarkable 143 entries were submitted for its latest version, providing the GO! & Express and PNA Stationers judges with the challenging task of selecting winners from diverse and creative pictures.

Recently, the winners were awarded their prizes which included PNA Stationers hampers for each recipient and PNA vouchers for the top three winners.

Overall winner, Hudson Park Primary School scholar Catherine Schroeder (8 years old) won a voucher valued at R1,500.

Second place was awarded to Ziyana Adams (7 years old), who attends Crewe Primary School. Adams received a voucher valued at R1,000.

Five-year old Jeremy Mutomba from George Randell Primary School received a R500 voucher.

There were also 2 runners-up – Stirling Primary School scholars Jessica Kahts (8 years old), and Kyra Kok (9 years old).

The competition is not only about winning prizes. It also encourages entrants and the general public to donate new or pre-loved stationery and reading books to children in need through “Penny’s Project” or to the NPO’s directly.

Over the years, one charity per year has been selected to receive the community’s donations. However, the response to the latest call for contributions was so phenomenal that a total of four non-profit organisations (NPO’s) will benefit this year.

 These NPO’s include Noncedo in Ducats, Cambridge Location crèche, Carel Du Toit Centre and Future Roses Educare (“Future Roses Educare call for donations”, GO & Express, February 4 2021) all of whom would welcome assistance in various ways from the public.

 Its difficult time for all of us and even more so for those who had little to nothing before Covid-19 affected everyone.

In so saying, let us remember Penny’s words “Giving is Great and Sharing is Caring.”

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