Through collections and generous donations over the past few years, the congregation at the Little Church in Van Reenen has amassed a meaningful sum of money.
It was always intended that the Van Reenen community would benefit in some way and, after many discussions, it was decided to provide a Grade 7 learner with a five-year bursary to New Horizon College in Harrismith.
With its impressive 100 per cent matric pass history, it was felt that this opportunity would give a Van Reenen youngster a better chance in life. It had been decided that it would be a full boarding bursary because of the many benefits involved, including supervised homework, extra tuition if required and other activities.
There was, however, a dilemma: there is the Van Reenen Primary School and the Mpophomo Intermediary School about 10 kilometres out of the village and there was only sufficient funding for about one-and-a-half bursaries. Happily, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), which has its own bursary scheme, came to the party and has generously agreed to meet the shortfall.
Van Reenen Primary’s Grade 7 graduation and school prize-giving event on Friday provided the ideal platform to announce the recipients of the bursaries.
Sbongakonke Ndaba from Van Reenen and Senele Mofokeng from Mpophomo were over the moon to hear of their awards. They will start at New Horizon in January 2018.
Mrs Nonzima Mlangeni, headmistress of Van Reenen Primary, thanked the congregation on behalf of the children and the communities. She pointed out to the assembled children that this was a wonderful example of one part of a community supporting those less fortunate.
The two children attended the Sunday service at the Little Church and Pastor Ron Burgess remarked that this was a wonderful example of the Lord opening doors.
This included New Horizon’s willingness to accept two bursars and provide them with whatever support they would require, and N3TC’s generosity in making the second bursary possible.
He added that Van Reenen’s Little Church is blessed in abundance to be able to provide help of this nature.
The congregation was very happy to meet Sbongakonke and Senele, and wished them well for the future.
The progress of these two promising youngsters will be closely followed.