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December 2013 - Durban schools excel in safeguarding our environment

04 December 2013
The cream of the crop in the Collect-a-Can National Schools competition was awarded their share of R100,000 in cash prizes during the Durban Schools Awards Function on Friday, 15 November 2013 at The Green Hub in North Precinct at Durban Beachfront.

The annual Collect-a-Can Schools Awards Function celebrated the efforts of competing schools and honoured the schools that collected the most cans per month, with special prizes for schools that collected the most cans throughout the year.

Six schools in the KwaZulu Natal region received their share of prize money valued at R100,000 for collecting the most cans in each of the two categories, including collecting the most cans per school and collecting the most cans per learner.

“We were once again blown away by the commitment of the schools and the eagerness of the learners involved, says Zimasa Velaphi, PR and Marketing Manager for Collect-a-Can. “The teachers and learners worked tirelessly throughout the year to safeguard the environment and ensure a sustainable income stream for their schools.”
Mthethomusa SP School collected a staggering 343,414 cans throughout the year, while Peter Nasorg Sentrum collected a momentous 3,273 cans per learner. Their commitment to clean South Africa has secured their spots at the top of each of the two categories, winning themselves R25,000 each.

Other winners in KwaZulu Natal included second prize winners, Lindelani Primary School and The Birches Children’s Centre who won R15 000 for each of their schools in the two categories, and Sibongamandla JP School and Kloof SP School who were each awarded R10,000 for achieving third place in the two categories.

“We have been involved in the National Schools Competition for the past 20 years,” says Priscilla Edmonds from The Birches Children’s Centre. “Our involvement has taught our learners that working hard is the right thing to do and that you will be rewarded for doing your best.”

The National Schools Competition reaches up to 250 000 children in schools throughout Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape and the North West Province annually and is a wonderful opportunity for schools to raise funds for themselves while creating environmental awareness.

“The number of schools participating in our National Schools Competition has increased compared to last year, but we would still like many more schools to become part of our crusade, especially disadvantaged schools who we believe would really benefit from the opportunity to earn some extra money,” says Velaphi.

Entry forms for 2014 will be available on Collect-a-Can’s website early in 2014.

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