Grade 11 pupil from Rondebosch Boys’ High, Cameron de Kock and his friends decided to help those who are in dire need of food, following their visit to community soup kitchens. This act of kindness has since sparked a food drive, which encouraged the entire school to donate non-perishable goods.
“I wanted to donate the money where it could feed people and help families,” he explained. I really thought the money could be used in a much more profound way, especially considering the fact that we have the whole of next year to raise the funds,” said de Kock.
Civic Engagement Society raised R11 000 at an event earlier this year. The boys were going to use the money for their 2021 matric dance but Cameron felt the money could be put to better use, helping needy families during this stressful time.
de Kock and his mother bought and packed over 30 food parcels. Each hamper contained basic essentials, like cooking oil, flour and rice. He said they didn’t just want to donate the money, but wanted to give some of their time and effort as it “means so much more to people”.
The 17-year-old and his friends said they were touched by the warm reception they received in the affected communities. He said Rondebosch Boys’ High School saw their efforts and was inspired to join in. The school sent out a circular to ask others to contribute to the food drive.
The second food drive started this week and pupils dropped off non-perishable goods. The senior boys roped in the help of the Grade 8 pupils, to sort and pack food hampers. These will be ready for delivery next week.