Doing good does you good and helping others brings meaning and joy to life! In an effort to amplify acts of kindness in South African schools Toys R Us South Africa rolled out its fourth annual TRUper campaign this year which sees scores of pre-schoolers rewarded for displaying kindness, care and compassion. The project aims to have young pre-schoolers help the less fortunate, care for the environment and build compassion from a young age. In return, the youngsters are rewarded for their efforts and seen as ambassadors to their peers. “Through the TRUper campaign children learn to understand how a small contribution can make a huge difference in their communities. In addition the project encourages teachers to nurture a spirit of giving and plant a seed of kindness in every child,” says Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, marketing manager Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa. In the world at large, kind-heartedness, benevolence and humanity should be at the heart of everything we do and Toys R Us South Africa is proud to announce its TRUpers ambassadors for the month of April. From overcoming serious injuries, to academic excellence, to supporting a charity with heart, the April TRUpers have demonstrated that the best way to inspire others is to set a good example and do good yourself. “Seeing others acting benevolently inspires others to do the same. Recipients of acts of kindness will, in turn, be kind to others,” added Van Vuuren. In Gauteng, Chantell Rampyapyedi, a grade one pupil at Laerskool Wierdapark in Centurion was chosen for going the extra mile and joining her mother in daily classroom clean-ups to support the schools recycling project. “They remove the plastic and paper from the class dustbins for the recycling project at our school. We are grateful for her special effort to contribute to the project,” said teacher Jolanie Taljaard. In KwaZulu Natal, Kailey Joubert, a grade four pupil at Hillcrest Primary was honoured by her teachers for raising awareness by donating her hair in support to people living with cancer. “First a big thank you to Toys R Us, this was a great honour. I hope that more girls will donate their hair to Cancer just like I did. I am so thankful for the amazing gift voucher, cap, certificate and badge. Thank you!” said Joubert. In Western Cape, Ross Jeffery, a grade six pupil at Bergvliet Primary was recognised for his outstanding achievements in karate, recently ranked fourth in the boy’s kumite, 12-13 year +55kg category on the SA Karate ranking list. “Further to this, Rosswon a gold medal when he competed at the Karate SA League 1 Championship hosted in Bloemfontein. Only the top 10 ranked athletes qualify to compete at this league Championship. He has also been invited to grade for his Junior Black Belt (1st Dan) in December,” said teacher Bettie Shaban.