Ever since being introduced to Maloney’s Eye Primary School over two years ago by Flow client Maropeng, we’ve fallen in love with the school and its ever-so-welcoming faces.
And our love goes as deep as getting our hands dirty! Today, Flowstars, together with Maropeng staff, planted 740 beetroot, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower and onion seedlings.
The value of a nutritional meal cannot be emphasised enough. As part of its official corporate social investment programme, Maropeng augments the education authorities’ feeding scheme at the school, through which 300 children receive a hot meal daily, with food.
And now having a vegetable garden growing in their backyard will make an even bigger difference to the children, who will enjoy even better nutrition and better health.
Judging by the diligence and teamwork we witnessed from the Grade 7 learners who were responsible for planting the seeds, we have no doubt that the vegetable garden will be in good hands. Across from the garden, the playground stands in tiptop condition.
A few minutes into planting, we noticed it’s break time; and having finished their hot plates of food, the children were playing happily on the slides and swings donated by Maropeng and Flow Communications.
Principal Ellen Mpho Sechotlo was grateful to Flow and Maropeng for their coming out, and being part of changing the lives – and filling the tummies – of the learners.
Maropeng’s education and marketing executive, Magel van de Venter, said: “Glad to be here, so privileged to have Flow Communications with us. It’s winter and it’s the perfect time to plant. Thanks to the Flow team for coming out.”
“How many Flowstars does it take to plant 740 seedlings?” media developer Kate Rau joked.
“Seriously, though, today was a wonderful moment for Flow. We went road-tripping to the Cradle of Humankind, sharing lots of laughs along the way, we shared invaluable face time with one of our longest-standing clients and, most importantly, we did something positive today that will have a long-term impact on the lives of around 300 kids. We did good.”
Flow bookkeeper Nam Madokwe said: “I am so glad I got the opportunity to go to Maloney's Eye Primary School. To see the kids help plant the vegetables and how appreciative and keen they were, was amazing to witness. The vegetable garden is such a good idea, and easy to implement and sustain. And the kids were just wonderful.”