It is finally back to school, back to work and back into routine. The last week of holidays was extremely interesting for me. Being self employed I do not take leave and a large portion of my job is social media and identifying the needs of various members of the community.
The biggest, and most obvious requirement for December was stationery. I pinpointed, by the end of December, that at least 50 of my acquaintances were struggling to afford stationery. All, I assume, eventually planned, received from family, friends and various charities but I cannot imagine the stress that they went through to get their children school ready.
After much debate, I am proposing a challenge and I hope that I can find some people to join me in helping to collect and distribute stationery in December 2019. There are no specific rules of what should be bought, but preferably I would like to send the children to school with new stationery, and not second hand. The reason is, that halfway through the year, the second hand or used stationery has run out and mom and dad have to replace anyway so there is no real saving in the long term.
Stationery is generally standard requirements which includes pens, pencils, glue sticks, rulers, erasers, sharpeners, pencil crayons, retractable wax crayons, felt tip pens, highlighters, fine liners, plastic books covers and watercolor paints. It doesn’t seem much, but these basic items come to an average total cost of about R800 and this excludes what the school specifically requires, a pencil case, school bag, notebooks, flip files and text books.
I am asking you, if you can make a small difference this year and have a box in your office or home and when you are shopping for stationery, to please buy one extra item and put it into your box. In December, you can contact me to collect and I will plan to distribute to those in need.
If you would like to become involved and donate stationery, please send me an email on email@example.com