Max proves age no limit to showing compassion

By ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI

A grade 2 pupil’s compassion for children living with cancer has seen him raise R2400 for CHOC East London.

Selborne Primary School pupil Max Jansen, 8, said he got the idea for his colouring-in competition after hearing about someone who had cycled for cancer while raising funds in the process.

CARING BOY: Selborne College Grade 2A pupil Max Jansen is raising money for young cancer victims Picture: MARK ANDREWS
CARING BOY: Selborne College Grade 2A pupil Max Jansen is raising money for young cancer victims Picture: MARK ANDREWS

“So I asked my teacher if we could please print some Angry Bird pictures for my classmates to colour in and we charged R10 per picture,” said Max yesterday.

He said he chose to raise the funds for CHOC because he did not like hearing about children suffering from life-threatening diseases.

“I do not want other children to die and maybe if we help the people who can help them, then they can get more medicine to heal them.”

Max’s initiative started soon after the Dispatch visited his school and Clarendon Girls’ Primary School to launch the Local Hero School’s project.

Selborne Primary vice-principal Abrie Pepler said he had been amazed by the amount of compassion Max had shown. “What I find even more admirable is the fact that he was not influenced by his teacher or his parents; he really wanted to help and I believe that this will encourage more kids to get involved in the local hero campaign.”

Michelle Pretorius, project lead from Johnson & Johnson East London, said the city had a “beautiful” community of people who no matter what age could make a difference.

“The schools’ campaign is a very exciting part of the Local Heroes campaign as we believe that it is the responsibility of the leaders in the community to encourage the youth to be kind and compassionate to one another.”

Ryan Megaw, the Dispatch marketing and circulation manager, said it was important to have the youth on board and to impart the message that anyone could be a Local Hero. —ziphon@dispatch.co.za

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