Lantern learners show they can

Lantern School hosts their annual canned food drive to help those in need.

Staff and learners of Lantern School have taken another activation and have dedicated themselves to keeping hunger at bay by collecting canned food.

The school has once again partnered with Round Table Florida 21 to provide the school’s feeding scheme, elderly homes, shelters, and members of the greater community with adequate nutritional canned food.

Hellene du Plessis, Joanne Rossouw and Altea van de Merwe of Lantern showcase donated canned food. Photo: Nkosephayo Vilakazi.

Lantern held its annual canned food drive on May 17, which they started in 2018, and this year it was no different. They managed to collect a total of 953 cans, of which 600 will be distributed to the Round Table.

Kieran Buckley’s class collected a total of 34 cans. Photo: Nkosephayo Vilakazi.

According to Joanne Rossouw, the organiser and welfare co-ordinator at the school, this drive aims to support their own feeding scheme at the school while they donate to those in need and give back to the community. That’s when they decided to partner with Round Table, which is an organisation that supports the community in Florida.

Nkosinathi Tshabalala and Tshiamo Mkhwanazi. Photo: Nkosephayo Vilakazi.

“The majority of the canned food goes to the Round Table, and they then distribute it to the community and places in need. This year we are hoping that we receive more than before to reach more people, and the 600 cans will sustain our feeding scheme until the next collection,” she said.

Annelli Erasmus. Photo: Nkosephayo Vilakazi.

This drive received major setbacks during the global Covid-19 pandemic but it was back in full swing in 2021 because they understood the significant impact it had on the school and the greater community of Roodepoort.

Speaking to the Roodepoort Record, Grade 11 learner Annelli Erasmus mentioned that their class collected a total of 20 cans, and to them, it symbolises a sense of community, sensitivity, and helping those really in need.

To make it fun and exciting for the learners, Joanne mentioned that they made the learners spell out a fun message on the hall floor, and the class to bring more cans will be rewarded which will be revealed soonest.

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