76 TOOLBOX Pupkewitz donates 480 school bags Pupkewitz Toyota Windhoek Dealer Principal Anton Westraadt and a team of employees distributed 100 school bags to primary school learners in need as part of the dealership’s “Future in a Bag” project. The beneficiaries, as identified by the Namibian Khomas Education Directorate, comprised 50 learners at Augeikhas Primary and another 50 learners at Moses Garoeb project schools in Katutura, who welcomed the Pupkewitz team with songs and prayers. According to Augeikhas Primary School Principal Godfried Kavezepa, the morale of the learners has improved remarkably as a result of this special deed. This was affirmed by Gabriel Kasoma, a Grade 5 learner who thanked the Pupkewitz team, saying now they would no longer need to use shopping bags to carry school materials. ABOVE & INSET: Learners from various schools in Namibia have received hundreds of school bags containing stationery, a lunchbox and a water bottle. It is part of an initiative by Pupkewitz Toyota Windhoek to donate one bag for each vehicle sold during the year. Moses Garoeb Project School Principal Flora Petrus also expressed her gratitude during the delivery of the school bags. “It takes a strong head to do business and a soft heart to give to the poor. Pupkewitz Toyota clearly has both characteristics”, she said. The ”Future in CLUBS ON THE WEB a Bag” project stems from a commitment made by Pupkewitz Toyota Windhoek earlier in the year to the Namibian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to donate one school bag for every vehicle sold during 2016. At the launch of the project, Minister of Education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa handed over 25 school bags to learners of Auas Primary. Learners from a number of other pre-identified schools are also set to receive bags. Each bag contains basic stationery, a lunchbox and a water bottle. Says Westraadt: “The project stresses the importance of a balanced educational environment, as well as the need to restore children’s excitement for school by having a bag they can be proud of. “A bag full of learning materials and a prolific educational environment can boost any child’s emotional, social and cognitive abilities. Subsequently, that child could finish formal and tertiary education and participate in various internship and development programmes offered by the Pupkewitz Group.” There are a number of Toyota clubs functioning regionally or countrywide to cater for a variety of owners’ interests: Toyota Owners Club: za.toyotaownersclub.com // Land Cruiser Club Southern Africa: www.landcruiserclub.co.za // Hilux 4×4 Club: www.hilux4x4.co.za // MR2 Club: www.mr2club.co.za // Four-Wheel-Drive Club: www.fwdcsa.co.za // Email your club calendar news and pictures of club outings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Images should be at least 1MB in size.
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