A whopping 2 200 books which will benefit two local schools have been collected through a major book drive conducted by the Pam Golding Properties office in Brackenfell in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs.
“Through the generosity of members of the public and businesses in the Brackenfell, Parow and Bellville areas, and over the period of four months, we were able to collect these books which will greatly benefit children attending schools in our area,” says Keimpe Weistra, Pam Golding Properties area principal in Brackenfell.
“After publicising the drive with a distributed drop, an advertisement in the local paper, via social media and with two radio stations generously mentioning our cause, the community rallied support. Donors included our clients, especially those in the process of selling their homes and busy cleaning out their cupboards. Our thanks go to everyone in the above communities who assisted us, as well as Brackenfell Library and the staff at Habibia Primary School, who also donated books, as well as Cloof Wine Estate which provided a wine tasting and spot prizes for a lucky draw for some of our donors at the handover event.”
The books – both English and Afrikaans and ranging from reference and self-help books to those across various genres – were collected primarily in order to help stock the Protea Heights Academy library.
While the bulk of books were for high school use, numerous primary school books were collected at the same time, which will be donated to Phisantekraal Primary School in Durbanville. Most of the books received were more specifically syllabus-related and covered a range of subjects including geography, life sciences and mathematics.
Weistra explains how the book drive came about: “Protea Heights Academy is our newest school within the Brackenfell area, and while in conversation with them regarding another project, we realised there was a need for them to expand the stock of books in their new library/media centre. This motivated us to launch the book drive in earnest. The primary school books collected during the drive were an added bonus, and it was decided that Protea Heights Academy should decide which school would be the recipient.”
Wendy Horn, principal of Protea Heights Academy says: “The donation of the books to our library and the cheese and wine evening hosted by Pam Golding Properties to celebrate the handover meant a great deal to our school. The evening seemed to mark a celebration of community, and the support we have received has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated.
“Having made such remarkable progress in various areas of our development, it is at times hard to believe that the school is barely six months old. The books we have received will go a long way towards enhancing the quality of the reading materials to which the learners have immediate access, as well as allowing us the freedom to then allocate limited funds to the purchase of other educational resources.
“Protea Heights Academy educators are firm believers in entrenching a culture of reading in our learners. It is true that all subjects reap the rewards of a learner who is an avid reader,” she adds.