GrandWest helps children in need at Valhalla Secondary in Elsies River
Posted on January 19th, 2021 by Charles Grey
On Monday 18 January 2021, representatives of the Peninsula School Feeding Association, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World and Breadline Africa attended a special sod-turning ceremony at Valhalla Senior Secondary School, Elsies River to launch the construction of a PSFA kitchen at this school on our feeding programme. Thanks to the support of our donors, this is the 125th kitchen that PSFA will be supplying a school.
GrandWest in Cape Town has adopted Valhalla Secondary School’s feeding initiative for the 2021 academic year, also contributing towards building and equipping a new kitchen facility.
The socio-economic development initiative is in partnership with the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA), which addresses hunger in underprivileged young learners and students attending educational institutions through school feeding and other developmental initiatives with the aim of improving school attendance.
“We have provided Valhalla Secondary in Elsie’s River with R74 250 to ensure that 165 learners on the school feeding programme are provided with daily nutritious meals, as well as R200 000 towards supplying and installing a pre-fabricated kitchen,” said GrandWest General Manager, Mervyn Naidoo. “Due to Covid-19 and the downturn of the economy, there are so many more learners are needing nutrition at schools and GrandWest is pleased to be able to feed hungry young mouths.”
The 20m² prefabricated structure which is being constructed by Breadline Africa, is wind and airtight and will be fitted with a double sink, stainless steel worktops and windows with burglar proofing which doubles as a serving hatch. An extractor fan, hot water and gas will be connected, and the required firefighting equipment installed in case of fire. The kitchen will be ready when the school opens in February.
The school previously used the Consumer Studies classroom as a kitchen but would now be able to reintroduce this as a subject, should a teacher be hired.
Valhalla Secondary principal Mr Martin Lesch, said the learners and teachers were grateful to GrandWest and PSFA for their assistance. “Having this dedicated space will allow us to continue and expand upon our much-needed feeding programme. Learners cannot be expected to sit at their desks and concentrate on their books when their stomachs are empty, so this donation is truly one which contributes towards the future of our country, by helping to develop the next generation of leaders.”
[caption id="attachment_7728" align="alignleft" width="779"] The site at Valhalla Secondary where the kitchen will be situated.[/caption]