Together we can do so much

Community

2020 came with its own set of adversities and those less fortunate than ourselves have certainly felt the discomfort that the pandemic has caused. Even before the pandemic, the Woodridge Interact Committee understood the agony that these individuals face daily and decided to make a difference in the lives of those in and around the Woodridge community.

Among the initiatives undertaken by the Interact Committee are:

One Village, One Soup

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Eunice, a seamstress at the Thornhill station, and several other ladies from the area who were unable to earn a living during this time, took it upon themselves to feed the hungry children from the local settlement. Twice a week, they are offered a warm meal, which is lovingly prepared, even though they don't have access to electricity. The Interact Committee assisted the "One Village, One Soup" initiative by donating a gas bottle and other much-needed supplies. 

Bottletops & bread tags

The collection of bottle tops and bread tags for the Sweethearts Foundation is an ongoing project at Woodridge. As a result of this project, an anonymous donation and the caring nature of Grade 9 pupil, Rolene Beyl, the project has already resulted in a specially made wheelchair for 12-year old Chanel, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. We are grateful to everyone that helped make this dream come true for Chanel and her parents. Please continue to support this initiative as Rolene has already identified another little girl in need of a wheelchair.

The collective efforts of all the students and the Interact Committee are unparalleled, however, we believe that we are still able to do more. We need the support of all the students and parents and would like to encourage everyone to participate in our initiatives.

Rolene Beyl, Grade 9 pupil at Woodridge College with Chanel in her specially made wheelchairNearly a ton of plastic collected in aid of Chanel and her much-needed wheelchair

Feed 4 Challenge

The support from the surrounding community was unwavering following the devastation caused by the fire of 2017. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the inherent economic strain it induced on so many households, the school initiated the Feed 4 Challenge in an effort to reciprocate and provide food to the hungry. The Woodridge community, from staff to parents and pupils were challenged to pledge a minimum of R10 to feed 4 people. With the funds raised, the school made up parcels containing rice, barley, lentils, stock powder and soup powder. 

Following the launch of the project in May 2020, the school has raised just over R17 000, which is equivalent to approximately 6800 meals. The parcels are made up by staff on campus and subsequently distributed to various groups of people who need support. Beneficiaries so far included For The Love Of Giving, the Flower Reserve School, Flower Reserve Old Age Support Group, Club Charlo (also an old age support group in Thornhill) as well as to the Tharros Child and Youth Care Centre

Should you want to contribute to this initiative, you can donate at the school shop or via EFT using the bank details below:

The Woodridge Trust
Standard Bank
Account number: 080372120
Branch code: 050017
Reference: Feed4Challenge


The Woodridge Surf Lifesaving Club


The Woodridge Surf Lifesaving Club (SLC) is a voluntary community service and club members have provided voluntary water-safety patrols every summer since 1973, making this Club the oldest and only continuous community service at Woodridge.  Since 1973, Club members have performed 350 rescues, saving many lives.

As the saying goes, "The greatest thing a human can do is to save a person’s life."

The Woodridge SLC is the only school-based surf lifesaving club in the world and members currently perform voluntary duties at Main Beach, Cape St Francis from 0900-1700 every Sunday during the summer terms. Members pay for this privilege and are obliged to give up their weekend time. Our members are held in high regard by the bathing public and the lifesaving fraternity.

Surf Lifesaving Club of 1973

My School Card


MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is one of South Africa’s biggest fundraising programmes and raises over R5 million every month for schools, charities and animal welfare organisation. The program allows you to make a difference, just by shopping. Every time you use your card at any of their partner stores, a percentage of your purchase value will be given back, on your behalf, to the school or charity you choose, at absolutely no cost to you! The card is absolutely free, so get it today! 

As a cardholder, you can select up to 3 schools or charities to support. With over 1500 partner stores to swipe at, it is really easy to raise funds for Woodridge and get instant discounts. If you are already a cardholder, please ensure that your status is active and that Woodridge College & Preparatory School has been selected as one of your 3 beneficiaries. In return, the school will endeavour to inform cardholders about projects completed with the use of My School funding. Keep an eye out for these updates via social media, school newsletters as well as the annual yearbook. 

Apply for your card online at www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply, call 0860 100 445 or download the free MYSCHOOL app from App Store or Google Playstore. Alternatively, get your card at the Woodridge School ShopNational partner stores include Woolworths, WoksheetCloud, Flight Centre, Loot.co.za, Engen, Bidvest Waltons & Quick Shop. Port Elizabeth based partner stores include Ultimate Stylists, Supa Quick, Brian Bands Sports, Wimpy, Havilah, Jack’s Paint & Hardware, Webster, Torga Optical & The Pro Shop.

Now all you do have do is Shop & Swipe
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