A dedicated group of runners were the powerhouse behind a fundraising effort that saw the establishment of a brand-new classroom at Iziboneli Christian Educare Centre in Worcester, Cape Town.

Team Breadline Africa, whose members were spread out all over the world, ran the Virtual London Marathon on 3 October 2021 and with the help of their supporters and friends, raised enough money to convert and place the new classroom. The centre lost its classroom during a severe storm in 2020, which completely destroyed the original structure.

The celebration began with the children entertaining the guests with a wonderful singing performance followed by a few words from Dr Linda Moses, the founder of Iziboneli Christian Educare Centre. She explained that the pre-school’s vision is to raise these beautiful little ones as good role models and to develop them for a good future.

A special guest representing the South African Chamber of Commerce UK (SACC), Ms Sanelisiwe Gantsho, shared a few words on behalf of the runners from the Chamber who took part in the fundraising marathon. Sanelisiwe is the Executive Committee Member of SACC and the Cape Chapter lead. She explained that the SACC is a conduit for trade, community and investment into and out of South Africa and facilitates the development of business opportunities. She said: “As the Chamber, our colleagues from the UK and in South Africa, we are more than happy and honoured to have been able to contribute in our small way to this project and we want to thank the teachers and parents for providing these young ones with a wonderful foundation for their futures”. She then turned to the children and told them to listen to their teachers and parents and that they all had a wonderful future ahead of them.

Mrs Cathy Nemavadwe, whose child attends the pre-school, thanked the teachers for keeping the children safe every day while they are at work. She thanked Breadline Africa for the classroom and explained that when the storm damaged the structures, parents were worried about whether the children would be able to attend school. She expressed her thanks to the marathon runners and said she was so happy about the wonderful new classroom, knowing that the children will now remain safe.

The director of Breadline Africa, Marion Wagner, thanked each runner and their supporters for making this project possible and giving up their time to take part in the virtual marathon. She thanked the Do More Foundation for referring this special pre-school to Breadline Africa and said how it was clear that the principal, Buli Moses, and her teachers are doing incredible work with the children. She also thanked the Living Waters International Church for supporting the pre-school and closed by saying “we are thrilled to see the new classroom in action and wish you a bright future as you continue to go from strength to strength”.

 

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