Throughout history, man has made many journeys, both far and wide. Moses’ great march through the Red Sea and Nelson Mandela’ long walk to freedom are examples of only a couple of man’s great voyages. Even today, great journeys are being made; and you can be part of them.

 

Mpepule Primary School is in dire need for assistance. Newspapers recently revealed that pupils and teachers sleep on the school’s premises. There are three beds shared by teachers. The pupils sleep on the cement floor, using only their blankets as cover. Boys and girls use separate classrooms as sleeping quarters, while the teachers and principal share the third classroom.

 

The dilapidated building is in urgent need of repair; at best it needs to be rebuilt. The mass sleeping quarters pose additional challenges to children with a problem of bed wetting. Every morning these pupils struggle to hang their blankets on the fence, their efforts are at times futile as the blankets fall down as a result of strong winds. Other pupils assume the responsibility of parents as they have to bath the younger ones every morning before class.

 

Pupils in Grades R and 1 attend under a tree, using a worn-out chalk board. Grade 2 pupils attend in the class with Grade 3, those in Grade 4 with Grade 5, while those in Grade 6 share with pupils in Grade 7.

“The school has now been closed because the conditions were appalling. The children were taken to other schools but for only three months. After July, we don’t know what will happen to the children. No one has told us anything yet so we are very worried. The school was not meant to be a boarding school but the children can’t walk every day from home to school so they would end up sleeping at the school,” says the school’s chairperson, Mapula Molekwa.

 

Celebs 4 Change is hosting a fundraising event to raise funds for Mpepule Primary School in rural Limpopo. The school has 142 pupils and offers Grade R to 7 classes with five teachers. The event will be held at the Southern Sun Hotel in Katherine Street  on the 9th of July 2016 at 10am. At the event, the public will have the honour of taking pictures with some of their favourite entertainment stars and entrepreneurs for just R50. All proceeds will go to the school. Tickets are available at Computicket and at the venue.

 

“This is a chance to come out and get to meet some of the most inspirational people in this continent, but most importantly to give to the less fortunate. We need to start helping one another if this continent is to grow and we change our story. There is no fun way of doing it than this,” says Celebs 4 Change co- founder.

 

Boity, Maps, Da Les, Zahara, Nomuzi, Blue Mbombo, Nonhle Thema, William Lehong, Donald,Genius Kadungure, Nadia Nakai, K. Naomi, DJ C-live, Melanie Ramjee, Oyama Dyosiba, Inga Gubeka, Letoya Mangezi, Zweli (Pule from Muvhango and Bontle Modiselle are some of the 25 celebrities expected at the event.

 

“Having a child changes your life completely. When I look at my child I always think that if she didn’t have what she has I would want someone to be there for her and help her. I am always available to help children who are less fortunate and I am happy to be part of this initiative,” says TV personality Nonhle Thema.

 

For more, visit http://www.celebs4change.org/

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