Welcome to our third and last newsletter for the year. It has been an eventful quarter and we are excited that a great momentum of support has continued right throughout the year. The last quarter of 2019, has been full of activities that includes the Back to School for a Day, First Thari Programme Biennial Conference and the Back to School Party. As we are about to bring the year to a close we would like to appreciate our great supports and donors who continuously give to the work of the Foundation, ensuring that the education of South Africa is of quality and best standard for the million beneficiaries we have supported since inception. The billion rand total amount invested certainly does not go unnoticed as we saw the magnificent results at our Back to School Party, where we hosted School Awards.
On Mandela Day, 18 July 2019, we hosted the Back to School for a Day. In line with the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s call for sustainable action, the Foundation hosted a successful unique day of collective volunteering to support the development of an Early Childhood Development Centre at Olifantvlei Primary School in Eikenhof. AngloGold Ashanti came on board as the main sponsor, followed by a number of long-time supporters. I would like to thank the team of Adopt-a-School Foundation for their commitment to ensuring the success of this initiative. The support on the day was invaluable. For the stakeholders whom collaborated with us on the day, it was a meaningful and successful volunteer day which highlighted the importance of collective volunteerism.
Our 13th Back to School Party took place on the 5th of October 2019 at Wanderers Rugby Grounds. We have received positive feedback from our guests about this year’s Party being one of the best parties they have attended over the years. During this quarter, we also Held the First Biennial Thari Programme Conference in Bloemfontein funded by the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF). A Health, Sanitation and Sexual Awareness Campaign at Dutyini Junior Secondary School located at Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape funded by Afrocentric Group. All events were a success and more detail is shared further in the newsletter.
It is quite a journey to witness the positive change we are making in the education landscape of South Africa, one school and one project at a time. On behalf of the 592 schools we serve, their teachers, learners, families and communities – thank you for your support in 2019. We wish you a peaceful and safe holiday period and look forward to working with you again in 2020.