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.


New Hall & Remedial Facility for Humansdorp Schools

Henry Human, a teacher at Quagga Primary School can't wait to build a brand new hall for the school and Charles Williams, the arts and crafts teacher at St Patrick's Primary, wants a separate remedial facility classroom. Quagga and St Patrick's Primary School, along with six other schools in Humansdorp, were selected as lucky winners of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. The schools received a Cashbuild building materials voucher worth R12 000 when the Cashbuild Humansdorp store opened its doors on 9 June 2011 at the opening ceremony.

"We usually have assemblies outside in the courtyard, but now that the winter season is here we struggle, because we cannot allow our learners to stand outside in the rain and get wet," said Henry Human of Quagga Primary School. "Having a hall would definitely simplify matters and we would be able to have more functions within the school grounds, rather than hiring one. We are so grateful to Cashbuild for making this possible."

Charles Williams of St Patrick's Primary said: "We currently have 60 learners in grade one, so we would like to build another grade one classroom and a separate remedial facility. I am really proud of the learners for their winning artwork!"

Mr Zilindile Tebekana, Principal of Mzingisi Primary School added: "We plan to repair toilets, repaint classrooms and replace the sewerage pipes. We would also like to redo the floors of one of our classrooms. Thanks to Cashbuild for all this!"

At the official Cashbuild store opening on 9 June, when the vouchers totaling R96 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 is displayed at the Humansdorp ceremony, and then remains on display in 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 - Cleodine Gallant from St Patrick's Primary School received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

At the store opening event, Kate van Der Merwe Pre Primary School was the winner of the lucky draw and walked away with a solar geyser and free installation. This prize will ensure that they have 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:

St Patrick's Primary School R12 000  
  Gold Award - Waynolene Bruiners  
  Silver Award - Amoré Minnaar  
  Bronze Award - Byronique Glover  
Kruisfontein Primary School  R12 000
  Gold Award - Marlon Waterboer  
  Silver Award - Garren Ferreira  
  Bronze Award - Carren Christian  
Stulting Primary School  R12 000
  Gold Award - Esti Steenkamp  
  Silver Award - Karmen Jonck  
  Bronze Award - Evan Hartwig  
Quagga Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Daniel Volmink  
  Silver Award - Bennet Jantjies  
  Bronze Award - Benita Windvogel  
Rainbow Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Lee-ann Gouda  
  Silver Award - Irian Booysen  
  Bronze Award - Chervern Kapank  
Mzingisi Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Masibulele Jack  
  Silver Award - Simakele Makeli  
  Bronze Award - Vuseko Mnobu  
Jeffries Bay Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Suné du Toit  
  Silver Award - Paige Thomas  
  Bronze Award - Kyla Bezuidenhout  
Kate Van Der Merwe Pre Primary School R12 000
  Gold Award - Montino Dlamini  
  Silver Award - Davin Potgieter  
  Bronze Award - Vin-Josh de Lange  
Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched ten years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than a thousand schools with over R10-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 southern African Cashbuild initiative whereby donations are made to some of the region's most needy schools.

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