The final act

By: Nomkhosi Nhlapo, Synthesis Office Administrator

It was that time of the year again when Synthesis would change young learners’ lives.

The task was simple, and it was dubbed the Final Act for 2020. We wanted to close a difficult year with acts of kindness. Each year we collect funds for Afrika Tikkun. These funds are then matched by Synthesis in the form of donations in the names of its clients. These funds allow learners going into Grade One to start the year with everything they need from school shoes to bags to stationary. This year Afrika Tikkun asked us to assist their 95 soon to be Grade One learners as well as their teachers with gifts. But this was no ordinary year. Would we make our target of R30 000?

The Synthesis team was eager to get started. Day one of collections began on a high thanks to staff members coming together to aid those in need. We slowly began to donate money and it did not matter how much. Every bit went a long way to change the lives of others. Kindness came from every direction. Our poker players donated their monthly winnings to the charity drive. Another team member offered their timeshare in Sun City which was raffled off with all proceeds going to charity. Others offered to act as drivers and collect the ordered stationary. Everyone pulled together, whether through time, money or rallying their teammates.

The challenges of this year may have been finite but our hope was infinite. We exceeded our target and with that, 95 families would not need to consider the expenses of their children starting school.

Thanks to the Synthesis General Manager, Sue-Anne Huyser, who started the yearly charity drive.

When Afrika Tikkun Services was established it was with the belief that every young person deserves the opportunity to realise their potential. Herbert Hoover, former President of the United States, famously said,  “Children are our most valuable resource.”   I am proud that one of my final acts of 2020 was to assist children with a better 2021. What will be your final act of this challenging year?