U.K. kids help South African students thanks to fruit competition

U.K. kids help South African students thanks to fruit competition

U.K. schoolchildren have been taking part in a competition to see how they can help their less well-off counterparts in South Africa, thanks to a campaign launched by the fruit industry.

Niton Primary School in the Isle of Wight scooped first prize of £2,000 (US$3,142) towards school equipment with their book 'A day in the life of a farm child' covering South Africa's culture and history.

In addition to producing a project book, participating schools contributed 200 of their textbooks to South African rural schools.

Hortgro Services product manager Jacques Du Preez, said the competition was designed to encourage pupils to explore South Africa, its people and their lifestyle.

"We particularly wanted to highlight the South African fruit industry and the way it benefits its workers by providing housing, education and healthcare.

"We were very impressed with the entries we received and we're grateful for all the books that have been donated through the competition."

Anchorsholme Primary School in Blackpool came second with a £1,000 (US$1,571) prize with Garth Primary School in Bridgend, Wales, third with a £500 (US$785) award towards school facilities.

St Aldhelm’s Primary School in Poole came highly recommended and won £250 (US$392).

All participating schools received a certificate from the South African High Commissioner to the U.K.


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