Pictured during the handing over of R5,000 towards Laerskool Louis Trichardt’s Adopt-a-Child Project last week are (from left to right) Round Table Zoutpansberg 66 members Johan van Zyl (treasurer), Riaan Hamman (vice-chairman and secretary), Pierre Smalle (chairman), and Anelle Pieterse (project coordinator at the school). In response to the donation, Pieterse expressed her sincere gratitude towards the guys from Round Table 66. Photo supplied.

Tablers urge community to also support Adopt-a-Child project

Date: 17 February 2024 By: Andries van Zyl

Round Table Zoutpansberg 66 (RT 66) in Louis Trichardt started off their year on a positive note. Within days after their first formal club meeting, they managed to start giving back to the community.

First on the list to benefit from their goodwill was Laerskool Louis Trichardt’s Adopt-a-Child project. On 8 February, they donated R5,000 towards the school’s Adopt-a-Child Project, and according to RT 66 chairman Pierre Smalle, the reason for their support is the important role the school plays in primary education. “It is here that children learn foundational skills that prepare them for life, work, and active citizenship. Quality education empowers children and young people, safeguards their health and well-being, and breaks cycles of poverty,” said Smalle.

Smalle said that RT 66 had had the privilege of running an external fundraising project in 2023, raffling off a custom-built 1972 VW Beetle. They then decided to donate a portion of the funds raised to the project.

“Although this is not nearly enough to cover all the costs, it is a starting point. Round Table Zoutpansberg 66 has committed to another external fundraising project, which is to be announced later this year, which will hopefully cover the cost of at least one child for an entire year. If there is interest from the public to participate in conjunction with Round Table Zoutpansberg 66, please find us on Facebook,” said Smalle.

As for the Adopt-a-Child Project, Laerskool Louis Trichardt has identified and assisted several children with difficulties at home. These children are housed in a safe environment in the school hostel during the week and over the weekend if needed. By providing them a place of safety, the project also gives these children a sound foundation needed for the child to develop.

“Children are innocent. They want only to be loved, to learn, and to contribute to society. They should not have to go to bed at night having to worry if they will be able to go to school or get something to eat tomorrow,” said Smalle.

Regarding this, Smalle said, any financial assistance towards the project would be greatly appreciated. The cost to date per child equates to roughly R5,200 per school term. Those wishing to support the project can make payments directly into Laerskool Louis Trichardt’s bank account at Absa Bank, account number 1000 000 120, with the reference “Neem ‘n kind aan”.



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Andries van Zyl

Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.


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