Third Year Students Donate a Castle of Cans to Special Needs School – Baxolise Mfidi

Johannesburg, Friday, 31 July 2015 – The Boston Media House Public Relations class of 2015 today unveiled a castle built from cans of tinned food. The cans, which the students have been collecting since March this year, are a donation to Nokuthula Centre and Special School in Marlboro which is a school for learners with severe intellectual disabilities and special educational needs.

At the handover event, which was held at the Boston Media House, Sandton, Vice-principal of Nokuthula, Mr Mkonto, accepted over 5000 cans collectively donated by students of Boston Media House, Makro Stores (Woodmead), GIB Financial Services, Modhomco, Amen Global Ministry and Junto Consulting. In addition to this, Hartway Investment & Logistics donated R 3000 to the school so they can purchase more cans of food in the future.

In his address to the guests, media and students at the handover event, Mr Mkonta expressed gratitude saying, “Our initial expectations were not only met but exceeded by the achievements we see here today. It is also very refreshing for us to have witnessed the public relations students of Boston Media House gave not only of their resources but their time as well when they visited our school for a day to interact with the children and lend a helping hand. We are thankful for this act of ubuntu.

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Boston Media House Public Relations Students pose in front of the over 5000 can food donation. From left to right: Mararianda Mnyakama (BMH PR student), Mr Trevor Mkonta (Vice-principal of Nokuthula Centre and Special School) & Pretty Rametsi (BMH PR student)

 

Claire Jackson-Bernardo, Public Relations Lecturer at Boston Media House, Sandton said, “As a lecturer, nothing could make me prouder than seeing 3 years of theory, assignments and training coming together in a fantastic initiative like that which the class of 2015 have put together. Over the past few months they have learnt valuable ‘real life’ skills that have helped lay the foundations for them to be the public relations professionals Boston Media House has trained them to be.

The PR students were equally astounded by their achievement. In a joint statement they said, “The support we have received from our peers and sponsors has kept the vision alive for us throughout these past few months. As young people, this initiative was particularly important to us in proving that the youth of South Africa ‘can’ get actively involved in finding and implementing positive ways to better the country.

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Boston Media House Public Relations Students, Nokuthula School representatives & students, and sponsors with the 5000 cans.

For more information on Nokuthula Centre and Special School please visit: http://www.nokuthulacentre.co.za/

 

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