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Jeppe Girls took up the 67 blankets challenge in December 2014 and since then, girls, educators, administrators, cleaning staff, friends and families have been busy crocheting and knitting handmade blankets for this wonderful cause which is spear-headed by a former Jeppe pupil, Carolyn Steyn. We handed over a total of 695 blankets in 2015 and 687 in 2016. The 2016 drive took place over two months and ten days!
The project has brought a real sense of community to the school. Girls find knitting and crocheting relaxing and they feel that they are making a difference to someone’s life. Here is what some of them had to say :
‘They will know that these blankets they are receiving were made with love and I think they will appreciate that.”(Khwezi Zwane Gr 8)
“Knitting is very nice and relaxing while you are doing it; people are going to benefit from it and we are doing it in memory of a great man. “(Kezia Reddy Gr 9)
“I am knitting because I want to keep Madiba’s legacy alive. He did such a great thing for our country and now I want to give back and also do something for our country. (Jessie Steyn Gr 8)
Koketso Ratlou (Gr 12) “My mum crochets and I knit. It’s something we really enjoy doing together.”
Blankets were distributed to the following in 2016: Ethembeni Baby Home (Salvation Army), Elandsvallei Old Age Home in Primrose and Bertha Solomon Cottages, Fore Court, Hong Ming Chinese Home for the Aged, Park Cottages and Ray of Hope Mental Home (via Rene Du Plooy of ‘We Care’). Blankets were also taken to Cotlands in the Cleveland squatter camp, Bien Venu, Sacred Heart (St Vincent de Paul), Orange Grove 7th Day Adventist church and Women of Vision.
Thank you to everyone in the Jeppe community (including Jeppe Prep and Jeppe Boys) for joining us in this amazing journey. We could not have done it without you.
We will be continuing the blanket drive in 2017. Blankets need to be 180cm by 140cm and can be delivered to Carole Heming in Reception at the school.
Other Community Initiatives:
- The Grade 8 and 9 learners spend a minimum of 30 hours doing community service at the end of each year.
- Sandwiches – Weekly delivery of 125 sandwiches to Fairview Primary
- Stationery Donations – annual collection for 125 Gr R learners (Gordon Primary)
- Shoes – annual Matric shoe collection after Matric exams
- District Collection – sports and school shoe footwear for needy children in D9
- District Collection – Tinned food & ladies toiletries for Bienvenu Shelter
- Casual Day
- Collection of educational toys, stationery, books, craft materials and clothing to assist with therapy sessions for children at the Thelle Mogoerane Hospital’s Rehab Centre.