The adage that actions speak louder than words rings true for the latest Toys R Us TRUper ambassadors whom demonstrate a pay it forward generation. This September saw ten more primary school pupils from across the country, honoured and rewarded for simply displaying good behaviour, caring about the environment

So we at Toys R Us South Africa say, “Hats off” to all the kids who are paving the way to a brighter future and we hope that more will follow in their footsteps. The competition, which extends to schools in Johannesburg, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal, is now in its third year, with a primary purpose of encouraging children to carry out more good deeds.

TRUper 2018, calls for nominations from school teachers and peers to recognise a child, each month who exemplifies the qualities of a “do-gooder” for the duration of a five month period.The following pupils have been selected as ambassadors for the month of October and each were rewarded with a R500 gift voucher, a certificate of honour and an official TRUper cap and badge.Heather Williamson, a grade six pupil at Rivonia Primary is passionate about saving the environment. She is part of the school’s Environmental Committee and is actively involved in all its campaigns. “I am so grateful to selected as a Toys R Us TRUper. I am dedicated to make a positive difference to our environment and I am actively involved in the clean-up project that we do every 3rd Saturday of the month,” said Williamson.

Another passionate environmentalist is Tarushka Munyippa, a grade two pupil at Buccleuch Primary. Munyippa, who is described as a kind-hearted and friendly learner by her teacher,  always does more than is expected and encourages her friends to join her in her efforts to care for our environment. Following closely in Munyippa’s footsteps is Kaitlyn Croucamp, a grade three pupil at Laerskool Wierdapark, in Centurion.

In response to the schools current recycling project, Croucamp has managed to collect a whopping 80 bags full of paper, plastic bottles and caps to the school to be recycled. Displaying kindness is a top priority for Esihle Majali, a grade one pupil at Atholton Primary in Umhlanga, Durban. She was nominated by her teacher Kirsty Strydom for being a kind caring member of the class. She is always neatly dressed, well-mannered and gives of her best in everything she does. “Esihle was so happy to receive her prize which she shared with her little brother, which just sums her personality as always kind and thoughtful,” said Strydom.

Another big hearted pupil, Khaya Mbhense, grade three at Glenashley Junior Primary was honoured by his school for being a kind and considerate child. “Khaya is an absolute treasure; who is very popular amongst his friends and teachers. He’s an all-rounder; he does well in the classroom and on the sports field. His infectious sense of humour makes him a pleasure to be around,” said his teacher Hayley Jearey.Payeton Fourie, a grade three pupil at Glenwood Preparatory was nominated by her friend Ayabonga because she is very helpful. “She picks up litter and cares about other people. She is my best friends and she is 8 years old. She loves making the world a better place,” said Ayabonga.

Fourie was thrilled and thankful that she was selected as a TRUper and looks forward to doing more good deeds. Grade five learner, Adrian Truter who attends Durban Preparatory High School (DPHS) was rewarded for his determination to rise above his challenges. He was nominated for “the most incredible persistence and self-motivation”. “Thank you so much Mrs Kindle and Toys R Us. I felt so happy to get this reward. It means a lot to me. It’s AWESOME! ,” said Truter. Cape Town’s Leah Germishuys, a grade one pupil at Parow North Primary School was applauded by her colleagues at school for making a positive difference to the less fortunate in her area.

With the help of her mother, Germishuys found a novel way to assist the homeless begging at street corners. “They wanted to do something more practical rather than giving them moneyor food, so they created Lovepax.  Each pack is made up of a toothbrush, toothpaste, facecloth, soap, a comb, a small bag of washing powder and a sweet treat, all of which is sealed in a reusable plastic bag. The pack also includes a handwritten note of encouragement to make the recipient feel valuable,” said teacher Wendy de Vos. Leah helps her mom pack the “Lovepax’s” and helps her distribute it. She is encouraged to talk to the recipients and to pray for them. 

In order to fund the packs, Gemishuys and her mother started a homemade brownie business called Five Loaves Baking Co.  The proceeds of the sale of brownies go towards purchasing the “goodies” for the “lovepax’s”. Alessandro Smit, a grade two pupil at Edgemead Primary collected bottle tops and bread tags throughout the year. “He rallied his community to help him collect 10 bags and 10 boxes filled of bottle tops and an additional four boxes filled with bread tags.

Grade five pupil, Gemma Labuschagne of Pinelands North Primary was nominated by her friend, Catherine Versveld for always focusing on the good things in life and shutting out negativity. Said Labuschagne: " I feel excited, happy and thankful. I will be sharing my voucher with Catherine so that we both can buy something nice at Toys R US." Marketing manager at Toys R Us & Babies R Us South Africa, Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren said they were thrilled to reward more scholars for their exceptional efforts to promote good behaviour at school.

“A massive high five to all our winners! Continue to spread kindness and positivity in all that you do,” said Van Vuuren.