The Little Lighthouse School in Harfield Village received a major boost last week when pupils and staff received a brand-new AstroTurf for their playground.
This came after the Cape Town branch of South African company Mint Management Technologies not only matched the R9 000 raised by the pre-school for the AstroTurf, but also contributed additional monies.
As the youngsters gathered on the new flooring amid the playground equipment, Little Lighthouse principal Beverley Vlotman thanked the company’s Western Cape client lead Stephen Andrew and his team for their donation.
“We wish to thank Mint for all their hard work. We are very happy for this beautiful AstroTurf,” Mr Vlotman said.
The Little Lighthouse School was established in 1988 as an outreach ministry, and transferred into private ownership in October 2001. Ms Vlotman and her husband Barry have been at the helm since 2005.
Mr Andrew said the company regularly engaged in corporate social responsibility programmes, including initiatives on Mandela Day.
“We really appreciate the efforts being made at the Little Lighthouse School. Being pre-schoolers, they run around a lot and there was always the chance they could cut their feet on the cement, which was why there was a need for the AstroTurf,” he said.
“The parents held a raffle to raise funds, and we decided that we would match whatever was raised and also add an additional amount. We’ve never met staff who are more dedicated to the cause (of teaching). The parents have raised a huge amount of money, and we also wish to thank them for their efforts.”
As a means by which to say thank you to those parents who raised the most money, certificates of appreciation were handed over to mother Zoe van Niekerk and daughter Leah-Summer, and Roxanne Benjamin and her son Joshua.
Children and parents were also treated to sweet treats, cooldrink and coffee at the handover.