On 31 July 2015, a team of 20 Growth-Link staff went to the ALMA School in Pretoria to help them paint their jungle gyms. The play equipment was in dire need of a new splash of colour so this initiative was very much appreciated by the school.

The team painted two steel jungle gyms and one wooden one and they also washed a plastic one so it was far cleaner for the kids. The plan had been to spend 67 minutes at the school as part of the Mandela Day initiative, but then ended up being busy with all this work for around three hours.

“The school was so grateful and they treated us to a wonderful spread when we arrived of scones and muffins,” said Ilizanne Howard, MD of Growth-Link Integrated Solutions. “When we finished all of our painting, we got to enjoy an amazing lunch of vetkoek and the most delicious soup we had ever tasted. What made this even more memorable and impressive was that all of the food had been prepared by the children themselves!”

The ALMA School was very grateful for the help and support provided by the Growth-Link team. While they were working, a group of the smaller children sang for the team, a song that thanked them for all of their hard work.

“We had an incredible time and it made us all realise how easy it is to do good and to give back to those who need help,” concluded Ilizanne. “We can’t wait to go out and do even more activities like this and to help support this amazing school.”

The team consisted of: Olga-Jane Ackerman, Sanette Harley, Derrick Kayser, Ilizanne Howard, Paul Grobler, Jeanette Joubert, Betty Sebati, Natasha Brits, Hettie Viljoen, Paseka Nkwana, Sindi Mlimi, Marelize Kayser, Tsholofelo Chabalala, Khumbudzo Matibe, Hlobisile Mswane, AB Montoedi, Elsabe Hansen, Nelda Smith and Reuben Nchabeleng.

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