Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 16 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 2200 schools in Southern Africa with over R26-million worth of building materials.


Gaborone West gets P84 000 from Cashbuild's Art-at-Heart

Eight schools in Gaborone West have each won a Cashbuild building materials voucher for P10 500 and these were presented to them at the Cashbuild Gaborone store opening ceremony on 24 February 2011.

Phaphane Primary School entered the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition hoping to create something sustainable because the school needs to raise funds for ongoing maintenance. Their Cashbuild voucher will be very useful indeed because the school plans to build a mini tuck-shop which will, in turn, generate additional funds to help the school be more sustainable in future.

The Principal of Phaphane Primary School, Mrs. Agatha Lekone is delighted: “We think we are being very clever in putting this voucher to such good use because it will help us cover costs in the future. Thank you Cashbuild!”

The Principal of another school that entered the competition, Diphetogo Primary School, Ms. Ogomoditse Leshomo, said: “We will buy bricks, cement and sand with this voucher in order to pave the ground between the classrooms. During the rainy season, lots of mud builds up and the water cannot pass through. We are going to pave the space in between nine classrooms and we are so excited that this problem will soon be solved.”

At the official Cashbuild store opening on 24 February, when the vouchers totaling P84 000 were presented to all eight schools, the children showed their appreciation by entertaining everyone with singing, cultural dances and theatrical performances.

The Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition entails learners from each school submitting their best artwork to Cashbuild. This artwork was displayed at the Gaborone West opening ceremony, and will remain on display at the Cashbuild store for the next five years.

Artwork was judged and three winners from each school were named. The winning children received Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificates for first, second and third place respectively. The Manager’s Choice award was also presented to the lucky winner of the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day – Kitso Kgotlane from St Bernards Primary School received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

At the store opening event, there was a lucky draw, and one school walked away with a solar geyser and free installation. This prize could ensure that the winning school has hot water regardless of the lack of resources within their community.

The schools that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations and the children that received the certificates are:

• Bophirima Primary School P10 500  
  Thato Ramoipone - Gold  
  Kelebogile Ntwae- Silver  
  Bonang Gaogopolwe - Bronze  
• Diphetogo Primary School P10 500
  Gaone Tsotlhe - Gold  
  Botlhe Kabomo - Silver  
  Nancy Boikanyo - Bronze  
• Kgosikgosi Primary School P10 500
  Oreeditse Thapelo - Gold  
  Boile Abedile - Silver  
  Richard Ncube - Bronze  
• Phaphane Primary School P10 500
  Thuso Motswasele - Gold  
  Naledi Binang - Silver  
  Tshepho Keganne - Bronze  
• Lady Mitchison Primary School P10 500
  Kaone Pheto - Gold  
  Pako Mpofu - Silver  
  Pako Pheto - Bronze  
• St Condrads Primary school P10 500
  Wame Bogosi – Gold  
  Debbie Ralefala - Silver  
  Larona Mokwena - Bronze  
• St Bernards Primary School P10 500
  Tshephang Madikwe - Gold  
  Prince Tsodayi – Silver  
  Onneile Swart – Bronze  
• Khuduga Primary School P10 500
  Tsotlhe Morakenyane - Gold  
  Thabo Khutshwe – Silver  
  Tefo Mogopole – Bronze  

Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched in 2001, Cashbuild has helped more than 870 schools with over R9 -million worth of building materials.  Cashbuild is BEE compliant and every time a store is opened, relocated or refurbished, Cashbuild not only makes donations to local schools, but also creates jobs for community members.

The Art-at-Heart competition is a national Cashbuild initiative whereby donations are made to some of the country’s most needy schools.

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