Toys R Us South Africa is delighted to announce the first batch of 2019 ambassadors selected in the annual national TRUper initiative.
The competition, now in its fourth year, extends to schools in Johannesburg, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal, with a primary purpose of encouraging children to carry out more good deeds.
TRUper 2019, calls for nominations from school teachers and peers to recognise a child, each month who exemplifies the qualities of a “do-gooder”. These children serve as role models to their peers, fostering a culture of spreading more love and kindness among the youth.
The following pupils have been selected as ambassadors in KwaZulu-Natal with each rewarded a R500 gift voucher, a certificate of honour and an official TRUper cap and badge.
The first batch of winners for TRUper 2019 are:
Vaughn Preston, a grade five pupil at Hillcrest Primary was rewarded for extending a helping hand to a person in need.
Vaughn used his savings to buy a bicycle for a petrol attendant at his local garage. The petrol attendant, named Tony was overjoyed and so grateful.
Deacon Arthur, a grade three pupil at Glenwood Preparatory was nominated by his brother, Blake, for always exuding kindness and love and making his brother feel happy.
Telissa Kappusamy, a grade five pupil at Berea West Primary was honoured for exhibiting commendable manners, morals and values.
“She always has a smile on her face that brightens up the room and she can easily cheer up her peers. She is compassionate and thoughtful and constantly maintains excellent conduct. Well done, Telissa, we are indeed proud of you,” said teacher Shelley Farr.
Juan Nel, a grade four pupil at Durban Preparatory High School (DPHS) is described as a “perfect child” who tries his best at everything he sets out to do.
“He has exceptional manners- I have heard him being kind and respectful to his friends and always greets everyone and says thank you. It is refreshing to know that a young boy such as him would go the extra mile to help others and we salute him,” said teacher Beverly Johnston.
Allegra du Randt, a grade five pupil at Winston Park Primary, Hillcrest was recognised for her outstanding achievements in the Performing Arts. The young girl attended the KZN Championships and has now made it through to National level for seven categories:
• Acting Comedic
• Acting Broadway
• Vocals – Pop
• Vocals – Contemporary
• Vocals – Variety
• Vocals - Broadway
• Photographic modelling
“She really loves performing on stage and I am very proud that all her hard work has paid off with these fantastic achievements,” said teacher Sarah Dennis.
Kairav Maduray, a grade seven pupil at Atholton Primary, Umhlanga, was nominated by his teachers for his humility and kind efforts.
“He is a child who would always go the extra mile to help both teachers and learners alike with no expectations. We are all very proud of the example he sets for the younger children,” said his teacher Janet Brits.
Alexandria McDermott, a grade three pupil at Northdene Preparatory School was chosen for displaying kindness and compassion and being a true friend.
“She would share her lunch with others. She spends time with kids providing comfort to those whom have not made any friends and has also been on the lookout for little grade ones as they often still lose their way around the school,” said teacher Teresa Nicholls.
Uyanda Fikizolo, a grade four pupil at Kloof Senior Primary was chosen for showing true integrity.
“Last week, Uyanda took it upon himself to clean up the score board area collecting all the rubbish and putting it in the appropriate bins,” said teacher Angela Nicholls.
Bandile Ngcobo, a grade two pupil at Benjamin Pine Primary, Pinetown was noticed by teachers when he helped a new grade one pupil carry his heavy bags.
Oyisa Gadu, a grade three pupil at Glenwood Junior Primary was selected for being a kind and caring friend.