The St Johns College Matric class of 2020 spent their Matric funding and time to help those most affected by the COVID Pandemic, showing that even in harsh times, there is always someone (or several people) willing to lend a hand.
Johannesburg, South Africa (17 September 2020) – In what can be considered one of the most beautiful acts of the year, the St John’s College Matric Dance organising committee of 2020 recently converted the funds raised for their school’s Matric dance into food hampers that have been distributed to families from Eqinisweni Secondary School in Ivory Park.
St John’s College is a private school in Houghton Estate founded in 1898. The college, originally established as an Anglican school for boys, accepts boys and girls at various levels of education: Bridge Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, College, and Sixth Form.
Recently the Matriculants of St Johns College assisted with a campaign where they traded their Matric Dance funding for food hampers, assisting more than 150 families in Ivory Park with much-needed food parcels.
The 11 young men behind the campaign believed that instead of using the money on a fun and memorable dance, the Matric class of 2020 could bond and connect with the community in a much more meaningful way, by providing much-needed food parcels for those in need.
After contacting the Kolisi Foundation, they met up with Boxer Superstores and the Trevor Noah Foundation who advised them how to pack nutritious hampers for the more than 150 families they would be helping. Although initially 128 food hampers were planned, the Kolisi Foundation along with the Trevor Noah Foundation, increased the hamper amount to a staggering 150 hampers per month for three months.
More than R292 500 in funds was raised to create the hampers, each one capable of feeding a family for several weeks. Boxer Superstores, which have been assisting both the Foundations for several months, curated, packed and delivered the Boxer food parcels to the willing pupils, who spend the day personally delivering the parcels.
“In a time where the COVID Pandemic has created such devastation, it is incredible to see the hope and respect these young men have brought to their school, themselves and their community by doing this. Boxer is proud to have assisted these real community heroes in this wonderful campaign,” said Boxer Marketing Director Andrew Mills.