Festive fun at Maloney's Eye
On 3 December, the pupils at Maloney's Eye Primary School in Krugersdorp were treated to a delightful party marking the festive season.
They enjoyed essential ingredients for any children's party: hot dogs and fizzy drinks, popcorn, sweetie packs and hours of fun on jumping castles. Aside from the festive treats, the children were also given grocery packs to take home.
Facilitated by Maropeng and partners, the annual end-of-year celebration at Maloney's Eye is a special occasion to interact with young children from the local community, and give them a day of fun, food and laughter. The school educates more than 300 under-privileged learners who live in the Magaliesberg and Krugersdorp areas. Over the years Maropeng and partners have assisted not only in the development of the school grounds, facilities and premises, but also in building a kitchen, installing jungle gyms and revamping the ablution facilities.
"We are here today to commemorate your achievements as a school," said Maropeng managing director Tony Rubin. "We want to celebrate with you, and we hope you accept these gifts and enjoy the day together."
In support, representatives from Maropeng, as well as Southern Spoor, Cathy Findley PR, Flow Communications, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Management Authority, St Peter's School, Spar, Big Time Liquors and Dads for Charity all joined in to celebrate the joyous occasion.
School principal Ellen Mpho Sechotlo thanked Maropeng's Magel van de Venter for her ongoing efforts to bring resources to the school. "With your help and support, the learners have managed to achieve better results this year. We are proud to announce that we are no longer on the Education Department's list of under-performing schools," she said.
Van de Venter said that as their official CSI project, Maloney's Eye Primary School is very close to their hearts. "The children who attend this institution come from very poor backgrounds – many of them come to school with empty tummies and bare feet, and yet they remain committed to learning. Therefore, today is a celebration of giving. We see it as an occasion to give these kids a day unlike any other – a day when they are on the receiving end of food, fun and fanfare."