It is not every day that you see a small pack of primary school learners huddling in silence around the incubator with a baby barely weighing a kilogram.
As part of St Andrew’s Primary School’s annual Junior Interact Club community project, Eunice Primary School accepted the challenge to see which school could raise the most blankets for charity.
Over the past three months more than a thousand baby blankets were donated, with the girls winning the competition. On Wednesday 22 June, fifteen children and six teachers arrived at the Neonatal Ward of Universitas Hospital to hand out these blankets to the little ones there.
Although the hallsways were filled with exciting chatter, the wards were quiet as Dr Arina van der Byl explained the condition of each of the babies in the incubators.
“We really appreciate donations like these,” Van der Byl said. “Today’s events lifted our spirits after a really rough week in the hospital.” She also added that these blankets would comfort the babies who might remain in hospital for months to come.
Lucille Cooper from St Andrew’s stood with teary eyes, watching as her boys eagerly handed out the blankets in the gentlest manner. “Every time I come here, I get a bit teary. So much energy has gone into this, but oh my, it does pay off,” she said. She started the Junior Interact Club seven years ago.
This donation forms part of the larger Children’s Wing project that cares for the children’s wards at Universitas and Pelonomi Hospitals.
The next big project St Andrew’s School is planning is a Sandwich challenge which is taking place on 25 July 2016.
The school plans to prepare 27 000 sandwiches in an hour for the less fortunate.
The school is asking the boys to donate 1kg tubs of smooth peanut butter. The class that donates the most peanut butter will be treated to a breakfast at the Wimpy.
St Andrew’s still need charities or schools who would be willing to help distribute 19 000 of the sandwiches.
Anyone who wants to get involved in this project by donating, or organisations that would like to benefit from the event, can contact the school at 051-444-2639. – Jansie Malan