Working together for needy pupils


THE Motala Heights library, in conjunction with the Motala Heights Sewing Club, donated school bags and scarves to underprivileged pupils at Deda Primary School in upper Tongaat.

Motala Heights librarian Angela Hounsell said the fabric for making the school bags was donated to the Motala Heights Sewing Club. “We firstly pleaded for fabric to be donated in order for the ladies to sew the school bags.

“We had the urge to give a donation to underprivileged children and fortunately we had a wonderful sponsor from a shop in Umngeni Road that donated the material.

“The ladies have been busy sewing these bags for a couple of months. The ladies also donated knitted scarves to the pupils.”

The bags are made with a strong denim fabric so that they won’t tear easily when the pupils put their books and stationery in them.

She said: “This school was chosen as it consists of mostly orphaned children, and our connection with them is that the husband of a previous Motala Heights Library staff member teaches there. It seemed to be more disadvantaged than any other schools we are aware of.

“We are always looking for donations because the sewing club relies a lot on donations since it’s situated in a disadvantaged community.

“This was also part of our Mandela Day initiative to give back to the community or to underprivileged children. The sewing club would appreciate a donation of a sewing machine or any fabric or wool,” said Hounsell.

She said the library will definitely be doing this sort of donation in the future, depending on whether it receives sponsors.

“We could not have achieved this without partnering with the Motala Heights Sewing Club, to whom we are indebted.”

Deda Primary School spokesperson S.C. Ngcobo was grateful for the donation.

“I would like to thank Motala Heights library and the sewing club for the generous donations. Deda Primary School has orphaned and vulnerable children who are part of the school and therefore these donations will be given to them. We appreciate all the effort and we hope that the library and the club keep up the good work.”