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.

Cashbuild makes wishes come true

A netball pitch, new ceilings and multipurpose sports facilities are just a few of the things on the wish list schools in the George area.  Parkdene, Pacaltsdorp and Mzoxolo Primary School are three of the eight schools that will each receive Cashbuild building material vouchers to the value of R12 000 on 26 September 2012 at the Cashbuild Thembalethu Store Opening Ceremony.

Parkdene Primary School’s Principal, Errol Nel was very surprised with the news of his school’s win. “We entered the competition because we needed building material, so this is wonderful news! We have lots of things that can be fixed such as doors, windows and ceilings. We would also like to paint and build cupboards in the six new classrooms as well as the office block.”

Principal Ronald Scholtz from Pacaltsdorp Primary School said: “We want to build a multipurpose sports court that could cater for netball, rugby, tennis and other sports. If there is any material left we would also like to build a garage to house the school’s kombi.”

Principal Raymond Eagan from Mzoxolo Primary School said”  “Our school grounds are in a poor state at the moment. We would like to pave the school’s entrance because it gets very muddy when it is raining. When we have completed that job, we plan to build a netball pitch for the learners because at the moment they play in a dirty square on the school’s grounds.”

At the official Cashbuild Thembalethu store opening ceremony on 26 September, when the building material vouchers totaling R96 000 were presented to all eight schools, the children entertained 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 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. Winners 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, Igne Lottering from Pacaltsdorp Primary School, for the artwork competition. This award was announced on the day and the winner received a stationery pack and a glass trophy.

The schools and children that benefited from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations were:

Pacaltsdorp Primary School

R12 000  

Gold - Jayde Botha


Silver - Damien Arendse


Bronze - Jahde Roberts


Parkdene Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Justin Bernardus


Silver - Josephina Nduma


Bronze - Ashton Scott


Tyholara Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Tisetso Tudi


Silver - Yamkela Mvelashe


Bronze - Chumani Mnqini


Heidedal Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Laurenzo Booysen


Silver - Softeline Briesies


Bronze - Guchwin Bevie


Conville Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Ashwin Kerspuy


Silver - Renaldo Noordman


Bronze - Shaun Uithaler


New Dawn Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Tiaan Fortuin


Silver - Kreshaan Lombaards


Bronze - Adrian Heyens


Thembalethu Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Khanya Mdibaza


Silver - Khanya Stofile


Bronze - Carrington Mushangwa


Mzoxolo Primary School

R12 000

Gold - Nyingwa Athenkosi


Silver - Mabokwe Bathule


Bronze - Luciano Katseby


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched twelve years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 1 500 schools in Southern Africa with over R16-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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