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 Gauteng for the month of May and each were rewarded with a R500 gift voucher, a certificate of honour and an official TRUper cap and badge. TRUper 2019 February Winners: Kirsten Bratby, a grade three pupil at Rivonia Primary was selected for her dedication, commitment and compassion. “She is the happiest, most driven and enthusiastic child I have encountered. She is sensitive to others needs and is a true Super Truper. The impact she has made can be felt by all her teachers and peers,” says teacher Candice Marti. Bratby is a passionate supporter of project ROAM, an initiative in support of abandoned animals as well as underprivileged children. “She encourages parents and children to help bring in old toys, books and ideas to help the organisation in our community. The other child in her class say that she is the “kindest one of them all!” says Martin. In addition, Bratby supports environmental campaigns that involve plastic collection for owl boxes and making eco-bricks. Bratby says she does this because she wants other children to smile and animals to be happy and safe. Connor Mahoney, a grade seven pupil at Farramere Primary was chosen for displaying exceptional kindness and consideration of others. “This is such a big surprise. Thank you to Toys R Us for this awesome voucher and thank you to my school for nominating me,” said Mahoney. Umayrah Mohamed, a grade three pupil at FD Roosevelt Primary in Linden excelled in all areas of her schooling and is always ready to participate in activities and offer a helping hand. Her teacher Tasneem Moosajee says:“Umayrah is an overall achiever, She is very caring, always ready to share, and is very loving. She displays respect to her friends who all love her dearly. Academically she works well and tries her hardest at all times. Her behaviour and manners are impeccable; she shows great leadership and is always neat. She takes initiative in the classroom and on the field to keep the surroundings clean and free of litter!” Zakariyya Khatib, a grade seven pupil at Buccleuch Primary was honoured for his outstanding achievents. He received award for Outstanding Academic Achievement; the Victor Nongalaza Award for the most caring grade six learner and the Marilyn Rick Shield for Scholar Patrol. “Zakariyya is polite, respectful, helpful , works consistently and submits work timeously. He has always been a service monitor, helping with class matters, class buddy (anti-bullying iniative) and this year he is one of our leaders. He has maintained an academic achievement from the time he was in grade one. Jessica Paynter, a grade six pupil at Laerskool Wierdapark, Centurion was identified as a TRUper for sacrificing her Saturday mornings to assist with the upkeep of the schools vegetable garden. Paynter and her family volunteer their time each week from 6am until 9am where some of the vegetables grown from this initiative is donated to needy families. Jonathan Jackson a grade four pupil at Eastleigh Primary, Edenvale has defied the odds and excelled in his schooling. Despite challenges at home, his dedication and enthusiasm towards his schoolwork shines in his outstanding academic results. “His work is always neat, and he strives to give of his best. He is well mannered, helpful, hardworking and honest child. He is ever willing to help both his fellow colleagues and teachers with any task on hand. He is a child who will appreciate anything that is given to him, however small,” said teacher Hanelene Muller. Theto Nkoana, a grade three pupil at Aston Manor Primary in Kempton Park was nominated for achieving academic excellence. “Theto is a star pupil who applies herself well to all activities. She often receives over 90% for formal assessment tasks. She works neatly and carefully and has received 20 merits. In addition, she is a good friend with a warm smile,” says teacher Kerry Solomons. Preston Pretorius, a grade five pupil at Bryanston Primary was selected for his outreach efforts to the SOS Children's village in Mamelodi. “Preston really supported this initiative and spent time distributing sweets to the over 80 children at the children’s home. He also very graciously donated two large boxes of toys,” says teacher Caroline Jaques. Joshua Kane, a grade six pupil at King Edward Preparatory School in Houghton was chosen as a TRUper for his selfless dedication to his school and fellow peers. “He spends a good part of this school day helping others and ensuring that the school is functioning properly. He puts a stop to quarrels amongst younger children, offers to assist teachers who are overloaded,” says teacher Sam Thorne. “I feel honoured and privileged to have received this award and am grateful for the voucher” said Kane. Kerryn Lawson, a grade six pupil at Rynfield Primary, Benoni swapped her birthday presents for cuddly teddy bears to donate to children battling with cancer. The collection of bears and other goodies were donated to the paediatric cancer ward at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. “We at Rynfield Primary School are exceptionally proud of Kerryn for upholding our value system. We regularly speak about the need to be kind to one another at assembly and it is heart-warming to see this put into action,” said teacher Lucille Sequeira. For more information about the Toys R Us “TRUper” 2019 initiative, like the Toys R Us Facebook page: ToysRUs.SouthAfrica or follow us on Twitter @ToysRUs_ZA