R10 000 for city school

Pictured with the R10 000 cheque, from left, are Arnaud Blanchet an ePap distributor in the Western Cape, Jo Maxwell, Aletta Ashmore, Thomas Waller and the schools principal, Adrienne Millner.

Good Hope Seminary Junior School in Vredehoek received a R10 000 donation from Jo Maxwell, founder of the Redhat Renegades, on Wednesday February 1.

The money will go towards the school’s breakfast club, which was started in February last year.

Support teacher Aletta Ashmore said the breakfast club was started in collaboration with Patsy Bagraim, a Shine Literacy programme volunteer.

“We are a commuter school. Many of our pupils travel from areas such as Khayelitsha, Delft and Philippi and many of them used to come to school with nothing in their stomachs and that’s why we decided to start the breakfast club,” Ms Ashmore said.

She said the donation, which is partly funded by Claremont Rotary, has enabled them to buy 21 bales of e’Pap; a maize based porridge comprising of 28 micronutrients.

According to Ms Ashmore, one bag of e’Pap is 500 kilogrammes, which is able to feed 20 children up to the age of six years old for 20 days.

Ms Maxwell, who lives in Pinelands, said she became involved in helping the disadvantaged after her son, 28, died in 2000 of a drug overdose.

She said e’Pap is an internationally recognised product conceptualised by Basil Kransdorff; a chemical engineer.

“The development of the product started after Mr Kransdorffs wife Rosie starting working with HIV/Aids patients. The people she was working with were getting horribly sick after taking their ARVs and not eating. He developed the formula and the results were absolutely amazing. He was even invited to the White House in America to talk about his product which helped ease famine and contribute to food security in Africa,” she said.

To donate to the school call 021 465 6123.