In Africa it is said it takes a village to raise a child. But for us it takes the world! Milestones such as the construction and running of a quality education facility in a previously disadvantaged area cannot be reached without significant commitments from many. We thank some contributors and apologise for any parties not mentioned. It is not from ingratitude but rather the overwhelming impact this support has on us.
Thank you to Sentinel Primary School’s principal, Mrs Claudene Overmeyer and its school governing body for sharing your premises and your knowledge with us for the next 15 years. Also to the Sentinel’s ex-principal, Amanda Engelbrecht, who shared in and supported our vision from the outset.
Thank you to the Western Cape Education Department for allowing a dream to take shape in August 2013.
Thank you to the Department of Public Works and Transport for approving the initial plans in May 2014 and for being so instrumental in helping with all the approval processes and issues that arose during construction.
Thank you to many big and small funders and donors. Sea Point’s Rotary Club Am Kap, and four German Rotarian clubs (Eggenfelden-Pfarrkirchen, Germering, Landshut-Trausnitz and Neuss) collectively raised just over R3.2million for the construction of Hangberg Pre-Primary School. They have never stopped supporting the school’s needs. There are also many companies and individuals who donated funds and specifics such as kitchen appliances, a refurbished kitchen, the solar system from SolarWorld Africa installed for free by local provider OneSolar, lights and electrical fittings by EuroLux, sanitary ware by Flush Bathrooms, crockery by Hout Bay Spar, and more. Thank you also to all companies and individuals who donated the exciting prizes to be auctioned at HET’s annual dinner dance.Thank you to Hangberg Educational Trust’s trustees with their vision and drive: Mark Allen, Janap Davids, Carol Fisher, Liz Huckle, Evelyn Masemola, Gerhard Pietersen (resigned August 2016) and Mike Schröder. An extra thank you to Mike Schröder who never, never, never allowed funding to dry up and sat through all the weekly building site meetings for eight months. Thank you to key volunteers who drove most of the funding and strategic initiatives since 2012: Glynis Bell, Tania Gray, Michele Harvey, Debbie Maltby, Marquerithe Schreuder and Nadine Tedder. Thank you to Nicolette Rotter, an executive volunteer of Hangberg Educational Trust from the day of its inception in May 2012 to May 2019. Rotter who has a deep passion for sustainable upliftment of less advantaged young children helped in the establishment of our first model school through her financial expertise: from SARS matters to fundraising and marketing. Thank you, Nicolette, for sharing the first seven years with us! Thank you to Karen Temlett, an executive volunteer of Hangberg Educational Trust from the day of its inception in May 2012 to May 2020. She played a key role in the setting up of the our model school. After fulfilling the acting principal role to help set up the school, she took care of smallest to largest critical matters such as fee collections, fundraising, school clothing as well as oversight of the after-care. Further, Temlett played an instrumental role in the trust’s annual dinner-dance fundraising initiatives (from 2012 to 2019). Thank you Karen for every cent you raised and all the energy you shared with us over eight years. Your legacy can be built upon further. Thank you to the contracting teams who delivered a quality and unique building, on time and within budget. The contractor Johan Fick and his wonderful building team from Teknon Development, the carpenter Jan Theron, Gerrit Steyn and Charl Hamman from KLS Engineers, Herman Mynhardt from Sigma Quantity Surveyors, Design Architect Dawid de Vaal, the Principal Agents Herman Joubert and André vom Hagen from MLB Architects, as well as Jacques van Heerden from Safetycon. Thank you to the Hangberg Pre-Primary staff who have hands and hearts for children and are always ready for the next big leap forwards. Thank you for your hard work and dedication on a daily basis. Thank you to the numerous volunteers who help with refurbishment of old classrooms, weekly reading with children, assistance with outings, cleaning of the premises, gardening, professional services, food support and more! Every contribution, no matter how small, contributes to the energy, the goodwill and the success of every step we take. Without such continued support and encouragement nothing is possible.