Learners varnish holiday away for good cause

Megan Furter, Caitlin Bosch, Yusraa Ameen and Bradley Dick are geared up to make a difference at the Newcastle Crisis Centre.

School holidays are the ideal time for learners to cast responsibility aside and enjoy their time of leisure.

However, there are those who sacrifice their free time for the greater good.

On Thursday, June 29, four learners from St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle spent a day doing community service at the Newcastle Crisis Centre.

“The Grade 10 learners had a project for Life Orientation, where we had to do a community project. We decided to come to the Crisis Centre for our part,” said Caitlin Bosch.

The four teenagers successfully varnished the centre’s jungle-gym, after securing sponsorship for the necessary materials from Mica.

“We love the work the Crisis Centre does, and we thought we could do something for the children here as well.”

The learners then went a step further.

The St Dominic’s group also organised care packs for the abused women and children who found themselves at the Crisis Centre with little to their name.

The care packs contained toiletries and a teddy bear for comfort.

“We think it’s important to help the less fortunate, especially since we have so much they don’t have. We need to help others,” Bosch concluded.

Director of Newcastle Crisis Centre, Mary Dobbie, said she found the children’s work amazing.

“It was marvelous that they came to us and we appreciate everything these four youngsters have done for the Crisis Centre,” Dobbie said.


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