An extra dose of excitement was added to Nandipha Shabalala’s festive season when she was awarded the sought after Nintendo Switch video game console for simply displaying good qualities.

In a surprise visit to school by the Toys R Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe, Shabalala was this week named the Toys R Us Ultimate TRUper after being one of nearly 200 children from  schools nationwide, who were recognised for admirable behaviour or deeds during the four-week competition. 

The grade 3 pupil from Atholton Primary School in Umhlanga was nominated by her teacher for consistently displaying excellent leadership skills and always being considerate, friendly and kind.

“I am soooooo excited to have won the competition and to be honest I am still in shock,” said Shabalala, who admitted that she did expect to win the national competition after being nominated in the first week of the competition.

Shabalala’s school was not as surprised by her win describing her as a deserving child who is considerate, independent, responsible and mature beyond her years.

“It is such a great honour that she was selected out of so many schools nationwide and she is definitely a great role model to her peers,” said Janet Brits, spokesperson for Atholton Primary.

She added that the school was thrilled to be involved in the TRUper initiative adding that it encouraged more children to “let their good qualities shine”.

Brits said the school was proud of Shabalala’s achievement and applauded Toys R Us and the participating schools for reinforcing good qualities among children.

The competition kicked off last month (November), celebrating youngsters who exemplified the qualities of a “do-gooder”, and has rewarded over 100 children from 28 participating schools with Toys R Us vouchers, toys and the TRUper title.  

“Congratulations to Nandipha for displaying such exemplary behaviour and being a role model to her peers. We are proud to call her our Ultimate TRUper,” said Nicole Annells, marketing manager, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa.

“Toys R Us commends every child that has earned the TRUper title over the past few weeks; each one is a winner. We were so inspired by wonderful the displays of goodness that were recognised through the competition and remind all kids that there is no greater reward than being the best they can be,” adds Annells.

For more information about the Toys R Us “TRUper” competition, like the Toys R Us Facebook page or follow @ToysRUs_ZA on Twitter.