Too often we have to sadly report on the crime and violence that flares up in the Paarl area. Today is not such a day. Today we celebrate a coming together of an inspirational school headmaster, true caring from the Val de Vie Foundation, realisation of a dream by Khula Development Group, the generosity of local businesses and our very own, supportive SAPS.
Under bright blue, sunny skies, we watched the unveiling of the Orleansvale Primary billboard, featuring the planned build of a roof over their quad. For too long, the children of Orleansvale Primary in Chicago, Paarl East, have been denied a comfortable shelter and a place to gather, protected from the extreme heat and biting cold. For too long, Chicago has been denied a safe, public meeting space for the community.
Local business owner Gary Hoffman of Supa Sign generously donated the billboard for the event. The school children gathered together with local neighbourhood watch, Orleansvale Primary headmaster and teachers, representatives of the Val de Vie Foundation, Khula Development Group, SAPS and Energy Master Builders.
This was a culmination of months of planning and fundraising at the Pearl Valley Celebrity Golf Day in October 2016. The children could not hide their excitement, knowing that by the time second-term arrived, they would have their very own roof over their quad, which is scalable and can become a fully walled building as funding allows.
Lorraine Hadfield, advisor to the Val de Vie Foundation said “Every child is but one caring adult away from being a success story. Our hearts were lifted by adults of all walks of life in Paarl coming together to commit to the success of this project. Mr. Cairncross, Orleansvale Primary headmaster, has taken full ownership of the entire process and expressed gratitude for the hand up, not the handout. We are stronger when we come together as one, when we break down the walls that divide us and all strive for a better life for all in this valley of life. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. We choose to win.”