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15 December, 2021

Year-end festive cheer for pre-schoolers at Vulingqondo Creche

Eighty pre-schoolers ended the year on a high note when Arxada, trading as Arch Wood Protection South Africa, hosted a graduation ceremony and Christmas party for the Vulingqondo crèche, which is situated in the rural community of Bethania in KwaZulu-Natal.

This heart-felt project began in 2007 and quickly became a highlight for Arch Wood Protection. Each year the staff and management devote weeks of planning, party shopping and gift wrapping to make this day memorable for the children and their teachers. 

There were thirty graduates this year, which bears testament to the company's commitment to helping the crèche create a safe and positive learning environment where the children can reach their full potential. After the graduation ceremony, everyone was treated to an extra-special Christmas lunch complete with gifts underneath a beautiful Christmas tree.

"It has been another difficult year for all of us and vulnerable children have been especially affected, so ending the year on such a positive note was very rewarding for everyone involved. Seeing the bright smiles and sense of accomplishment on the face of each graduate as they proudly walk across the stage to receive their diploma makes us feel privileged to be able to play a part in the education of these remarkable learners," said JJ du Plessis, the senior regional sales manager at Arxada.

A commitment spanning 14 years

In addition to the annual graduation ceremony and Christmas party, Arch Wood Protection has been involved in a number of projects over the years, which have been instrumental in developing the crèche from a basic rural establishment into a flourishing school.

Each year the company supplies stationery, books and a wholesome lunch. As and when needed, other items have been donated such as mattresses for rest time, educational toys, bicycles, sport equipment, computers and the planting of a self-sustaining vegetable garden.

To accommodate the growing number of learners, extra classrooms, bathrooms and a storeroom were built. The roof was thatched to keep the classrooms warm in winter and cool in summer and an overgrown veld was transformed into a beautiful play area with a manicured lawn, trees and a jungle gym which was built with Tanalith® C treated timber.

Du Plessis concludes, "The saying ‘Rome wasn't built in a day' is very pertinent to this project as it has taken years of being a responsible neighbour to reach this point. As an industry leader, we hold the care of the community close to our hearts and look forward to being able to make further meaningful and sustainable contributions towards the ever-present problem of education across our communities."

About Vulingqondo crèche

The Vulingqondo crèche is situated in the rural community of Bethania, near Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal. As unemployment and poverty is prevalent in this community, the crèche plays a vital role in the education and daily nourishment of the learners, who as a result identify the school as a safe haven and a place of happiness.

Year-end festive cheer for pre-schoolers at Vulingqondo Creche Year-end festive cheer for pre-schoolers at Vulingqondo Creche

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