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Copper Drive fundraising for St. Bernard's Hospice

The St Bernard’s Hospice ‘We care Coin and Copper Drive’ is back from March 31 until June 12. Now called the Copper Drive fundraiser, the project is challenging at least fifty schools to participate not only to raise much-needed funding, but to create awareness on hospices and Palliative Care.


The Copper drive has been running for the past seven years in Buffalo City schools and has grown annually thanks to a dedicated community and staff. This collaboration assists the hospice to raise funds in order to be able to help anyone who is sick and needs home care.


“The hospice believes that schools are an important part of our community and can help make a big difference. In 2019, the Interact Group of Stirling Primary School raised the most money and voted on their choice of a ‘new look’ for the 2020 campaign. Fifteen schools participated in 2019 and we collected a whopping amount of R44 126.81 in coins and coppers,” said Marchel B. Grant of the Hospice.


Every school that participates is considered a Hospice Hero, from the principals who give permission, to the teachers and the learners. The volunteers were also thanked as it takes about two months for volunteers to count the coins and coppers.


The following schools participated in 2019; Advance for Life Christian Academy Beaconhurst School Centre of Excellence, Clarendon Girls High School, Clarendon Girls Primary, George Randel High School, Gonubie Primary School, Grens High School, Grens Primary School, Hudson Park High, Kidds Beach Primary School, New Generation Primary School, Southernwood Primary School, Selborne College and Stirling Primary School.


“Sickness does not only target the old, but the young as well. It is important to get our youth involved in our community from a young age and this is the perfect introduction to Hospices and Palliative Care. Should your child’s school be participating in 2020 please support with a couple of coins and coppers,” said Grant.


Please note that the banks no longer accept 1 cent and 2 cent pieces.

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