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Wildfire Conference school visit will help feed hungry kids

Tue, 19th April '11

By Carol Campbell


Lanyards for Wildfire 2011

The partners of delegates attending the 5th International Wildfire Conference at Sun City, in South Africa in May have been invited to help plant a vegetable garden at a disadvantaged school near the conference venue and learn beading from local women.

A special trip to Mperebere Primary School has been arranged on May 11 for those who want a glimpse of South African life beyond the borders of the Sun City resort.

The little school in the Ledig village, about four kilometres from Sun City has 544 learners. The children are all from households where putting food on the table is a struggle so many rely on their school for their main daily meal. The school vegetable garden is used to supplement the basic food given to the children as part of the government’s school feeding programme.

School principal Caroline Molefi said the children had indirectly suffered with recent job retrenchments in the area and there were some among them who were very, very poor. “We would love to show international visitors our school and we would be delighted if they give our vegetable garden, which needs work, a boost,” she said.

The delegates’ partners are being invited to help extend the vegetable garden by breaking new ground and planting seeds and seedlings.

“It’s a small and fun gesture to mark this major international event and will leave a legacy in a community close to the conference venue,” said Mary Gubb, social development co-ordinator for the Working on Fire Programme.

After the planting the group will learn how to make a South African flag with beads which they can take home as a souvenir. Each participant will be asked to make a R300 donation to the school which will also receive the aprons and gloves used by the gardeners in the planting of the vegetable garden.

For enquiries call Mary Gubb on: +27 (21) 797 5787 or email mary.gubb@wofire.co.za

* The 5th International Wildland Fire Conference to be held at Sun City, Mpumalanga from May 09 to May 11 2011 will bring together members of the science community involved with fire, climate and related fields with those involved in technical operational fire management. This also includes those affected by fire and the authorities concerned and mandated with developing policies and strategies in wildland fire management.