Umz Sec Class of ‘97 “Make A Difference” programme bears fruit

Umzinto Secondary Class of 1997.

UMZINTO SECONDARY’S class of 1997 held a highly successful 20 year reunion in August 2017.

The event was spread over two days and commenced on Friday 25, at the high school with the party itself on the Saturday 26, at the Umzinto Town Hall. The class of 1997 was a well-known and popular group in the history of the school.

The Class of ‘97 created a “Make A Difference” programme which aimed to support the needs of the students and teachers at USS. To date they have successfully secured pledges of R100 000.00 in cash and kind.

The first handover to USS of printers, sports equipment wi-fi routers and chairs, took place on the Friday, and lunch was also arranged for the students on that day. Other contributions included the re-painting of classrooms, the supply and installation of water basins, and general maintenance that will be carried out over the coming months.

The group now seeks the support and assistance of local businesses and the wider community to maintain its goals and objectives. School principal Mr MM Quarsingh was very touched and had the following to say: “It’s amazing how history repeats itself . On September 23, 1945, concerned leaders of the Indian community formally constituted the Umzinto and District Indian Educational Trust with the aim of building a secondary school for the community. This is how Umzinto Secondary took root.

“Here we are in 2017 and the matric class of 1997 has returned to its alma mater to give back to the children of the community. We are immensely grateful to all stakeholders. Thank you and may your spirit of ubuntu continue. We wish you all success in your future undertakings.” The reunion party itself was a sparkling affair with the theme, The Midnight Masquerade.

“The hall was decorated by The Function Planners from Amanzimtoti and The Men In Black, headed by the effervescent Siva Naidoo, provided the live entertainment for the evening. Ten teachers from the era were also at the function. Students travelled from far and wide (two came from overseas) to attend the event.

“The class of 1997 prepared an amazing reunion celebration for themselves and their teachers. The hall was beautifully decorated using the school colours. The live band was exceptional as it belted out songs that were popular when these ex-pupils were in high school and the three-course meal was excellent. With about 100 ex-pupils in attendance, this was clearly one of the best reunions to date.

“A representative from each form shared his / her experiences, which included some hilarious high school memories, but more importantly, the subject teachers as well as the form teachers were thanked for the care and dedication that they had shown towards their pupils who are now successful and contributing to the economy of our country.

“I delivered the speech on behalf of the staff and was grateful to the class of 1997 for the huge sum of R100 000 raised for the school. I also encouraged the ex-pupils to be involved in tangible and sustainable ways so that the current pupils could benefit directly from their expertise and experiences.

“The class of 1997 is to be congratulated on its camaraderie and unity, and for the great organisational abilities shown in assisting the school to overcome some of the challenges it currently faces,” said educator, Mr SS Pillay.

A member of the planning committee said that the entire town was a buzz with the news of the reunion. ”When we went to the Scottburgh Mall on Saturday morning, we met many friends who were buying some last-minute items for their outfits or were just enjoying a relaxing cup of coffee. The staff at Woolworths mentioned that they were also aware of the reunion and that many of the students were seen shopping there as well.

The excitement in the air was tangible.”

Should anyone wish to join the Make A Difference initiative, please contact: Rohendrie Pillay on 083-468-8841, Nathan Pillay on 072-296-7876 or Naren Moodley on 084-403-2827.

Mid South Coast Rising Sun

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