The Hollywood Foundation in partnership with AmaZulu Football Club embarked on a #BackToSchool handover in Melmorth in KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday, 02 March 2023.
The AmaZulu Community Trust chose Imfule Primary School in Mthonjaneni,to receive assistance with school supplies from the Hollywood Foundation in the 2023 schooling year. The event was attended by representatives from AmaZulu Community Trust including its CEO Snenjabulo Zungu, and the Hollywood Foundation Team.
It was an exciting day, as both organisations made dreams come true with a contribution of school stationery, including pens, pencils, exercise books, printing paper, and full school uniforms for 31 learners. Last year, the Hollywood Foundation pledged R4 million for the “Back to School” campaign with the aim to bring relief to parents and learners from various communities across South Africa.
The campaign also helps to ensure that children feel motivated and empowered to excel in their school work, with new shoes, uniform and stationery items. The Principal of Imfule Primary School, Ntombiyenkosi Mbatha, said that most of the learners that benefitted are from underprivileged homes and are without birth certificates. She expressed her gratitude to the Hollywood Foundation and AmaZulu Community Trust for the assistance. She said, “Today has been a great day, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making this day a success including local leadership, the school governing body and parents. We received more than enough stationery to keep us going to almost two years. This is not only a contribution to the school but to the whole community as well and we hope that this will help the learners to be successful in their studies.”
Mpho Dintwa, AmaZulu Community Trust Programmes Manager, said when an opportunity presented itself to partner with the Hollywood Foundation for the BackTo School campaign, it was a dream come true as they had received a request from a school through their “Mthonjaneni branch that required assistance with school supplies. “These are kids that really need this assistance and we hope it will make a huge difference to their lives and the school,” Dintwa said.
Vuyisile Ngobese, the Public Relations Officer for the Hollywood Foundation, said, “Children look forward to their first day of school with their new uniform and school supplies and every parent would like to meet their kids’ needs, the reality though is that not all kids are enabled the opportunity to experience that. This year, we have increased our allocation to the Back to School initiative, to ensure that we touch as many lives as possible. We strive to positively impact our communities, and our team and partners like AmaZulu Community Trust carry that vision at heart.”