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A number of Durban High School learners spent a few days of their holidays paying it forward to Gozololo Children’s Centre in KwaMashu as part of the East Coast Radio Big Favour.
DHS partnered with their generous sponsor, BBF Safety Group, in being part of the “solution” to the Centre which had its kitchen and another room gutted by a fire recently.

According to Winston Owen, the Chairman of the Governing Body at DHS, “BBF Safety Group jumped on board to assist Gozololo, so that it can continue to be a place of support and development for the children in the area, by re-wiring the electrical system, painting walls and re-establishing their veggie garden. We are ecstatic to have had some of the Durban High School boys volunteer to be hands-on in this project, especially in the last week of their holidays. A number of them had already put in over 20 hours of community service with Urban Ignition in the first week of the holidays.”
On day one, the boys got stuck into the veggie garden, before preparing the fire-gutted room for painting. “With this being Mandela Month, I felt a need to give some of my time giving back to those less fortunate than myself,” said Zach Adam, one of the Grade 12 learners.
In order to make the renovation a further success, Beier Industries contributed their Maintenance Staff, Defy came on board to donate appliances, Ganga Plumbers unblocked the drains and Supa Mama paid for the paint, discounted by Shave Paints. To top it off, Debonairs Pizza offered to donate flatbreads to the Centre in order for learning to take place with well-filled tummies.
Durban High School have committed to provide teams to the Children’s Centre on an ongoing basis to ensure that the support is sustainable.
Thank you to the boys and staff for giving up a couple of days of their holiday for this worthy cause. And thank you to Chairman of our SGB, Mr Owen for involving our boys in this project.

Another project took place during the July holidays in which boys gave of their time to serve the community.
The project was called “Urban Ignition” and was done in conjunction with Vineyard church. The project took place over three days in which members of the public including 30 of our boys from DHS participated in helping the Bill Buchanan Old Age Home in Morningside, Sibonginhlanhla Children’s Home in Waterloo and Summerhill Children’s Home. The activities ranged from painting, gardening, opening a holiday clinic, and interacting with the people. Our boys made a difference in the lives of the poor, including children and the elderly.
The DHS representation in this programme was the second highest out of all the schools that participated. Well done boys!
Ms G Joshua
Community Service Co-Ordinator

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