Golf Day initiative has 30 kids smiling with brand new uniforms


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After a successful golf day on April 21, and a spin-off from a request for donations, 30 children at the Pilgrim’s Rest Primary School were presented with full sets of uniforms on April 24th.

The charity golf day at the Pilgrim’s Rest golf course was arranged by Obed Mashego to raise funds for school uniforms for orphans or those whose parents are unemployed.  Despite the chilly weather and threatening rain, the competition drew 32 players – many all the way from Limpopo.  The winner was Oscar Mongadi with 41 points and he walked away with a weekend for two sponsored Mount Sheba, a Forever Resort.

Captain Ndlovukazi Mashele, representing the Acornhoek community police cluster, read about the proposed Golf Day in GPS News. “I often come to Pilgrim’s Rest for operations and had noticed that many of the kids had no school uniforms.”  She contacted Mashego and asked if they could join the initiative.  Between the Golf Day, the donation arranged by the Acornhoek cluster command, as well as a donation of ten sets of uniforms from Tswelopele Funeral Services, the number of uniforms soon added up.

The uniforms were presented at the Pilgrim’s Rest Primary School on April 24th amidst great excitement, some teaching from the police, and a chorus of “It’s a wonderful day – oh yes!” by all the children in the school.  Altogether30 children received full sets of uniforms – including jerseys to ward off the winter cold.

Another charity golf day is being planned for 16 June.  “Golfers are always playing somewhere – so it might as well be here,” said Mashego when asked if it wasn’t too soon after the previous event.

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