As part of the ongoing legacy of founding member, Jack Segall, The Lions Club of Kirstenbosch awarded another six bursaries to pupils from poor communities.
The fund, which was started in 2016, in honour of Mr Segall, helps to cover the pupils’ school fees and other related costs and has to date assisted 42 pupils.
Inathi Mgueshelo from School of Hope, Simanye Mbiza from Thandokhulu, Shami Uwineza from Ned Doman, Jenna Heeger from Norman Henshilwood, Mogamat Moegsien McCluskey from Spine Road and Jade McKenzie from Fish Hoek high schools were presented with their Jack Segall Bursary Awards at the Lions club house in Newlands on Thursday February 20.
The club will also continue its financial support for 10 of its 2019 bursary beneficiaries, who were presented with certificates as well.
Lions member Cecil Jansen encouraged the Grade 11 and 12 pupils to work hard and wished them success for the academic year.
“What you put in, you shall reap. It is ultimately up to you to make a success of your schooling, we can contribute but it all depends on you,” he said.
Past recipient Clint Henry, who attended Norman Henshilwood, said with the bursary came a huge responsibility as the pupils now had to put in the hard work.
He thanked the Lions Club for the role they played in his schooling and said their efforts did not go unnoticed. Clint is currently studying medicine at UCT.
Terence Klassen, principal of Fairmount Secondary School in Grassy Park thanked the Lions for the difference they were making in the lives of the young people.
He thanked Merle Segall for her husband’s foresight and the role he played in the Lions.
“The youth are the future leaders and with this bursary, you are giving them a kick start. Having the past recipients here, also shows the pupils what they can achieve and that it is possible to overcome their current situations,” he said.
The club held a musical fund-raiser in September last year and receive donations from Lions’ members and corporate sponsorship for the bursaries.