Educor Holdings Gives Back to 2000 Pupils in KwaMashu and Inanda

By Ashmika Chottu

Educor Holdings flagship brand Damelin gave back to over 2000 pupils from Sibonese Primary School and Siphumele Primary School with two fun-filled days of good food, music and entertainment. The programme took place on Thursday, 19 October and Friday, 20 October in KwaMashu and Inanda respectively.

The project, spearheaded by the Educor Chairman, Leo Chetty, treated the children to KFC lunch box meals, candyfloss, jumping castles and musical entertainment.

Pupils of Sibonese Primary School with their KFC

A spirit of delight filled the classrooms while the children awaited Damelin’s arrival. As the entertainment and food trucks pulled in, their anticipation mounted and work for the day had concluded.

Peeping through their classroom windows wide eyed with excitement watching the arrangements for the day come to life, the children prepared to receive their lunch. As staff approached their door, they stood up in respect to formally greet them. The smiles on their faces lit up the room as each pupil could not wait to fill their tiny tummies with the scrumptious burger, chips and cool drink.

Pupils enjoying the jumping castle 

Group Head of Communications, Jessie Naidoo said, “This programme, in its twelfth year, forms part of Educor Holdings annual outreach programme. It is really close to heart of our Chairman, Leo Chetty and is aimed at improving the lives of pupils and communities near where its campuses and sites are located.

At Sibonese Primary School, the Damelin Overport team personally handed out 700 meals to each pupil along with their packet of bubble-gum pink candyfloss.

The Damelin Durban City team supported the Siphumele Primary School programme in Inanda where they plated over 1500 lunchbox meals. The team split up and gave each pupil their meal in their classroom along with their sugary treat.

Staff plating the KFC

Pupils of Siphumele Primary School with their KFC

‘Thank You Damelin,’ the pupils expressed as they quickly tucked into their meals, so that they could go outside to enjoy the entertainment. It was extremely heart-warming to receive the love and appreciation from the pupils, said Simon Ngubane, General Manager of Damelin Durban City. “We are really proud to have made a difference.”

Principal of Siphumele Primary School, PS Ndaba and General Manager of Damelin Durban City, Simon Ngubane

Once they completed their meals, the pupils rushed out to the jumping castles and jumped to their hearts content. The DJ present also entertained them with their favourite music. They formed a circle and displayed their best dance moves.

Principal of Siphumele Primary School, PS Ndaba thanked Damelin for hosting the programme. “We truly appreciate all the thought and effort that went in to make the day a success. The pupils were ecstatic, as many of them do not get the opportunity to eat ‘takeout’ meals. We would like to thank Damelin for giving the pupils a day that they will always remember and we are hopeful that this relationship will continue.”

Pupils enjoying the entertainment 

Jessie concluded, “Giving back to the community is part of Damelin’s ethos and we look forward to hosting more of these school programmes in the future.”

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