THERE were smiles on many faces when BQI engineering company handed over four soccer outfits to Hillside High School this month.
The majority of pupils from the school are from impoverished areas and, as a result, they are not able to financially contribute to the school.
The school depends on sponsorship to keep the school going.
“We really depend on sponsorship like this to assist us in the holistic development of our pupils at different levels especially in sport,” said teacher Vanessa Fember.
The sponsorship will contribute to the overall upliftment and benefits of the school.
According to the sports coordinator and soccer coaches, the kit was a blessing from above as the soccer team are in desperate need of proper outfits and equipment.
Ganief Fish of Blue Quartz International (BQI) said the company is dedicated to fostering new sporting and academic talent. “We believe that sport plays a significant role in the formative years of our youth and that it has a positive impact on the community,” he said.
During the handover, Fish delivered a motivational speech explaining what engineering is all about, covering simple examples of its importance. He encouraged pupils to take physical science and mathematics as school subjects and he told them to never doubt their ability to do anything well.
“Pupils must take advantage of every opportunity given. When I was young I lived a life without the basic needs in life but those circumstances never made me despondent to achieve my goal of becoming an engineer,” he said.
BQI went the extra mile when the company’s marketing executive Vicky Moeketsi announced that the company would sponsor an engineering bursary to a qualifying student. Staff and students at the school were happy and excited about the opportunity.
The bursary encourages pupils to concentrate on the sciences, knowing that financial assistance is available.
According to Fember, the opportunity will increase the number of pupils who register for science in Grade 10.
“This ultimately enriches our community and enables learners from disadvantaged communities to take their rightful place in the broader society,” Fember said.
“I am impressed with they way BQI are involved with the uplifting of schools. This is an alternative way of partnering with businesses in our country,” she said.
The opportunity created by BQI made room for much excitement and opportunities – who knows, members of the soccer team from Hillside may be the next Bafana Bafana stars.