07/06/2012 - AM Moola Spes Nova SchoolSchool Pupils are ready for winter after Gift of the Givers hands out Blankets, Soup Packs, Personal Hygiene Packs in Phoenix.
One thousand excited voices echoed thank you as bus loads of children heaved over their shoulders the blankets and food hampers that they received – just in time for winter. The children, described as the “poorest of the poor” from 100 schools in Phoenix and surrounding areas, were part of Gift of the Givers Winter Warmth campaign at AM Moola Spes Nova School. Phoenix Poverty Reduction Association, comprising of teachers, organised the distribution and secretary, Jeff Kannie, said the initiative was a response to the dire poverty in the community.
“We deal with poverty on a daily basis and see the effect it has on our children, and the impact it has on their learning,” he said. Salim Sayed, GOTG Operations Managers, said that helping children was essential because “a child who doesn’t have a decent sleep or a good meal cannot be productive at school”.
For the children, who dug feverishly in their blue bags, the box of Milo cereal, one of the many items in their nutritional hampers, was a rare luxury. Brenton Francis, a pupil from Swanvale Primary, said the cereal was a welcome treat and a keen sportsman said the cereal would give him the energy he needed.
The following items were distributed:
- 1000 Blankets
- 750 Soup Packs
- 250 Personal Packs
- 1000 Nestle Cereal