A GROUP of Grey High School boys in Port Elizabeth are doing their bit to uplift the pupils of an impoverished school in the Transkei.
The 14 boys have decided to team up with Touch Africa Rehabilitation, an organisation committed to uplifting schools in impoverished and underprivileged areas in the country, with particular focus on rural schools in the Eastern Cape and Transkei.
The beneficiary, Mgothwane Primary School in Transkei, is in a massive state of disrepair with broken walls and dilapidated classrooms.
All of the old classrooms were built with mud, which has deteriorated over the years.
Grey High School pupils intend raising the more than R80000 needed to build a brand new classroom with desks, chairs and other necessary educational aids.
Grey matric pupil Matthew Scott said the boys were passionate about giving other children decent educational opportunities. This was why they had decided to put their weight behind this project.
“All children deserve to learn in a classroom that is not falling down.
“These children and their teachers must feel very demotivated.
“We all need to play our part to make a difference in the lives of others,” he said.
After putting their heads together they came up with various ways to raise funds.
One of the events planned is the “Ride for Change” duathlon at Pollok Beach on Sunday. The duathlon will take the form of a 5km fun run, 20km cycle and a 2.5km run.
All entry fees will be used to assist Mgothwane Primary.
The next event will see the boys cycle from Grabouw to Port Elizabeth from July 9.
They will cycle through Barrydale, Montagu, Oudtshoorn, Sedgefield, Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma and Jeffreys Bay before arriving back in the city.
They will raise funds by being sponsored for every kilometre.
Other fundraising initiatives include selling raffle tickets and asking people for donations.