Students get sporty for daycare fundraiser

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HELPING IMPROVE LIVES: Stenden South Africa students recently participated in a fun sports event to raise money for a daycare facility in Bathurst, which caters for 50 children.
HELPING IMPROVE LIVES: Stenden South Africa students recently participated in a fun sports event to raise money for a daycare facility in Bathurst, which caters for 50 children.

A GROUP of event management students from Stenden South Africa recently hosted the “Stenden Games” to support Bessie’s daycare in Bathurst. “Bessie, who prefers just to go by her first name, is a hardworking lady who felt the responsibility to fulfill the need for a daycare in her township. “About 50 children from naught to five years old come to the daycare every day,” student Quimar Hooten said.

“Bessie opened a daycare so the kids will not be exposed to the dangerous streets of the township. They have a safe place to go to – a place where they can play, learn, eat, be watched and be taken care of,” he said.

However, the building the daycare is situated in is in a very bad state.

In order to improve the facility, a plan has to be worked out and money raised to pay for it, Hooten said.

Doing their bit to help, The Stenden Games, which were held on June 9, saw many students participating and raising more than R5 000 for the daycare centre.

Hooten’s co-organisers were Marije ter Haar, Floor Nieren and Koen van der Haar. “We are very happy we got the chance to do something for Bessie,” Hooten said.

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