Together we can make a difference

Ashton students continue to embrace the responsibility of making a difference, and reached out to the many organisations and people in our community.  Whole school projects included the ‘One Day Without Shoes’ campaign, and over 1 800 pairs of shoes, ranging from flip flops to sports shoes being collected .  Once again our generous Ashton families donated many brand new pairs of shoes, and we were able to bless the students at R A Padayachee, the North Coast Courier Orphan Fund, Compensation Day Care, LIV and Ramlaklan School with various shoes.   The Autism Awareness campaign saw our Campus change from red to blue, and the students sold beautifully created cakes and treats with the proceeds going to Autism Awareness.    Slipper Day is a firm favourite with our students, and they put their school shoes aside and wore slippers at school, with a donation of over R6 000 was sent to the Reach for a Dream Foundation.

The Junior College celebrated Easter with a beautiful Easter Parade and hundreds of Easter eggs were sent to various community projects.  The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund were the recipients of blankets, soup and socks donated by our students and parents, and we had great joy adding some winter warmth to those in need.   Mrs Anne Lyall ran her first Comrades Marathon and the sponsorship by our Ashlings parents was so overwhelming.  A brand new stove, plastic tables and chairs, pots, plates and cups were delivered to Ngobongo to very grateful teachers.  Water was a very precious item during our very dry months, and hundeds of litres of drinking water was collected.

Our Intersen Phase donated their 10% of profit generated at the Moonlight Market to Project Rhino.  This is such a very worthy cause and it is important to conserve this endangered species.  We appreciate the special relationship we have been able to maintain with Kingsley Holgate and the Rhino initiative.

Wow! What would we do without our Senior College Knitting club under the watchful eye and guidance of Mrs Clewlow and Mrs Thotha.  450 Teddies were knitted, 76 Blankets and 62 Jerseys.   These were distributed to the social worker affiliated to the Verulam Children’s Court and the North Coast Courier’s Orphan Fund.  The matrics donated 53 pairs of school shoes and 5kgs of stationary once they wrote their final exam.

This is a glimpse of how our students reached out and touched the lives of many in need on the Dolphin Coast.