Technology giant comes to the aid of financially troubled local school

Thandanani House of Refuge's Paul McKibbin (left) and Seacom CEO Byron Clatterbuck (right), with Thandanani children.

Global technology provider Seacom has come to the aid of a local school, which was threatened with closure due to lack of funding, and a local children’s care home.

The technology company donated R83 000 to the Kingsway School and Centre of Concern in Randpark Ridge, and R50 000 the Thandanani House of Refuge in Zandspruit.

Principal of Kingsway School Kgethi Dlamini said, “This money will help in the running of the school and its operations.

Seacom was one of the companies that came to our aid when they heard our doors were about to be closed, and we cannot express how grateful we are for their help.”

Kingsway School and Centre of Concern’s Lara Lotter, Seacom Chief Financial Officer Richard John Schumacher, school principal Kgethi Dlamini, Seacom CEO Byron Clatterbuck, and Seacom Chief Commercial Officer Steve Briggs hand over their donation to the school on 6 September.

The Randburg Sun previously reported on the financial troubles of the Kingsway School and Centre of Concern, a school that relies mostly on the heartfelt donations from the public and a small government stipend.

READ: School will shut down without donations

SEACOM CEO Byron Clatterbuck said, “It is heart-warming to see community initiatives like the Kingsway School and Thandanani.

We thought that we should get involved with them, and provide continuous involvement at a place where we feel that we can truly make a difference.

“The money raised today comes from our company, and we also asked our employees to make personal contributions too.”

SEACOM is a company that provides an undersea network of cables that are instrumental in connecting Africa to the rest of the world.

“A lot of what we do at SEACOM relates to the internet and technology, which I think goes hand in hand with education, and by helping young people to gain access to education is a way that we feel we have truly made a difference.”

 

Kingsway School children have fun singing and dancing to their school song on 6 September.

 

Kingsway schoolchildren have fun posing with the giant R83 000 donation cheque on 6 September.

Paul McKibbin of Thandanani House of Refuge said, “We run with a budget of close to R2 Million a year, and we only get a subsidy for a percentage of that.

We rely on fundraising to cover the balance of that, which goes to the upkeep of the home, food, employees, education, transport, and everything in between. This money will really go a long way.”

Dlamini added, “This money will go towards stationery, maintenance, teacher’s salaries, and transportation. As we did not get our subsidy this year, which goes to 60 per cent of our budget, there is always a need for further donation.”

Details: Lara Lotter – 076 902 5515 or [email protected]

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Reuven Blignault

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