Weather conditions are slowly dropping in many parts of South Africa and the full effects of winter are now truly being felt, particularly in some of the smaller parts of the country.
These harsh conditions are often felt most by children, who are faced with the prospect of battling and withstanding the bitter cold at school on a daily basis.
In George, SANZAF has taken proactive steps in order to make winter 2016 slightly less demanding and strenuous on young learners.
SANZAF recently conducted an Operation Winter Warmth outreach drive at the Hoogenkraal Primary School, a farm school situated in Glentana, George. The school has roughly 50 learners who travel daily to school from surrounding farms, often in difficult weather conditions.
As part of the campaign, learners were all issued with winter packs, each containing an array of winter clothing items. Every learner received a beanie, scarf, rain jacket, and a blanket to keep them warm at all times. In addition, food and soup were also distributed, and learners were each provided a snack pack filled with a number of edible treats.
There was also a sense of community engagement, as a number of volunteers and youth from the local George community assisted in the distribution, helping to ensure an entertaining and fun-filled day for the children.
Both learners and educators of Hoogenkraal Primary expressed deep and sincere gratitude towards SANZAF, as well as the volunteers, for the assistance.
The drive forms part of a nationwide initiative run by SANZAF called Operation Winter Warmth, which aims to assist the most vulnerable sectors of the community during the chilly winter months. Similar distributions take place across the country, with each SANZAF office catering to the most pressing needs within their respective regions.
For more information on how you can contribute towards Operation Winter Warmth, contact your nearest SANZAF using the information provided via the following link: http://www.sanzaf.org.za/contact-us