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Pupil gives entrepreneurs day profits to children with cancer

KIND-HEARTED Grade 4 Merrifield pupil, Paige Collins, decided that instead of spending her hard-earned profits from her school entrepreneurs’ day on herself, she would donate them to the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa.

After learning about Nelson Mandela’s kindness towards others in Social Sciences at school, she decided it was a good idea to give her profits to children with cancer, supported by Choc.

To make it even more appropriate, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

YOUNG GIVER: Grade 4 Merrifield pupil, Paige Collins , generously donated all her profits from her stall at the school’s entrepreneurs day, to Choc
YOUNG GIVER: Grade 4 Merrifield pupil, Paige Collins , generously donated all her profits from her stall at the school’s entrepreneurs day, to Choc

“I like sharing with others and giving more than receiving,” Paige said.

She collected R400 in profits and donations after selling a variety of chocolate treats and sweets at her Grade 4 entrepreneurs day.

Sharing her own experience of receiving, she said: “Lots of people have helped me raise money to travel all over South Africa for dancing.

“I wanted to do the same for other people and felt sorry for children with cancer whose families don’t have the money to buy them nice toys.”

Choc Eastern Cape regional manager Debbie Kleinenberg said: “It is wonderful to see an initiative like this from such a young girl giving back to other young children.”

She said the funds would be put towards stationery for the interactive skills and play programme Choc runs at the paediatric oncology ward at Frere Hospital.

Collins said: “I feel nice when I get nice things and I want other children to have nice things too.”

Merrifield School marketing manager Tracey Mangold said: “We are extremely proud of Paige for her generous gesture, entirely unprompted but so appreciated.

“She can be proud of herself for thinking of others, and we know her money has gone to the wonderful work Choc does for children with cancer.”

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