As the year draws to a close Toys R Us South Africa is pleased to announce its last batch of TRUper ambassadors for 2018.
The national competition, which extends to schools in Johannesburg, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal, encourages children to carry out more good deeds and displays exemplary behaviours at all times.
The TRUper competition, calls for nominations from school teachers and peers to recognise a child, each month who demonstrates the qualities of a “do-gooder”.
“This has been a phenomenal year, where we got the opportunity to reward children from across the country for their wonderful efforts and for always putting their best foot forward,” says Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, marketing manager Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa.
“There is no greater joy than seeing these little faces light up for being recognised to be the best people they can possibly be,” added Van Vuuren.
The following pupils have been selected as ambassadors for the month of November, with each were rewarded a R500 gift voucher, a certificate of honour and an official TRUper cap and badge.
Rivonia Primary’s grade three pupil, Jeddon Koller went the extra mile at his school by raising funds to donate to charity. Koller, described as “such a humble and kind young man” is determined to donate a wheelchair to someone in need.
“I am so thankful and grateful and shocked. This is the first time I have ever won anything or have been noticed for doing something that is not a sport related,” said Koller.
Another Johannesburg pupil, Ilhaam Salloo, a grade one pupil at Buccleuch Primary was recognised for being “kind, honest, helpful and displayed strong leadership qualities.
"“I am very happy to have been voted to receive the TRUper award. It is awesome to be a TRUper. I’m very, very excited to have the voucher. I want to use it to buy a pen and a book as well as a 100 piece puzzle,” said Salloo.
Laerskool Wierdapark’s grade one pupil Rachel Marais Rachel contributed 130 shopping bags filled of paper and plastic for the school's recycling project. She was nominated by the senior teacher’s board.
Grade two pupil, Kelsey Shaw of Atholton Primary was rewarded for showing great strength during her mum’s illness.
“She experienced some trying times this year with her mum being ill but she never showed it. When she came to school she was always hard working and tried her best each day. The grade two teachers were unanimous in their selection of this dear little girl. She was beyond excited to receive her prize and it was a huge surprise for her, said teacher Janet Brits.
Glenashley Primary’s grade 3 pupil, Anika Albertse has been described as a true “shining light” at her school and was selected as a role model to her peers.
“She is always neatly dressed. She has represented the school at sports and is a pleasure to teach in the classroom. She is a kind and respectful friend, and always willing to help,” said teacher Hayley Jearey.
Glenwood Preparatory’s Ella Bath in grade 3 was chosen for being helpful and caring to everyone around her.
Jack Cobbold, a new grade 6 pupil at Durban Preparatory High School was honoured for his determination in overcoming learning challenges.
"Thank you so much. This means a lot to me. I worked very hard for exams and this makes it all worth it. Can't wait to go shopping," said Cobbold.
Pinelands North Primary’s grade two pupil, Ahlaam Salaam, was rewarded for her honesty, when she handed in a large sum of money she found in the playground.
“These do-gooders have really made a wonderful impact at their schools and have been fantastic role models to their peers. We at Toys R Us South Africa are incredibly proud of their amazing efforts and look forward to award more deserving youngsters next year,” said Van Vuuren.