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Makro Ottery joins Stationery Drive as sponsor

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With just a few weeks to go before the start of the new school year, organizers of the annual VOC Stationery Drive have announced that Makro Ottery will come on board to sponsor this year’s edition of the campaign. This comes as the station attempts to intensify its efforts in the month ahead, with the aim of raising much needed stationery for some of the community’s more underprivileged students.

The new collaboration comes after several appeals for local businesses to assist with the initiative, which has become a mainstay and centerpiece amongst VOC’s many community outreach projects. As a result, the campaign has been renamed the ‘VOC Makro Ottery Station Drive 2015’.

Speaking on Wednesday during the announcement of the new partnership VOC’s Stationery Drive coordinator, Quanita Kamaar, called on parents to get involved in the cause. She urged those planning to visit stores such as Makro to acquire their children’s stationery and school clothing, to spend a little extra in the way drive.

Amongst the schooling items required are wax crayons, blue and black pens, colouring and basic pencils, erasers and sharpeners, rulers and scissors. The list also includes pencil cases, glue sticks, copy paper, and A4 exercise books.

“We will keep the listeners updated on progress with this particular initiative, but there is a lot more coming your way in terms of how you can get involved in the Stationery Drive,” she said.

A major feature of the drive is the community involvement, particularly in the selection of where the stationery will be distributed. VOC listeners and community members have been urged to nominate schools where they believe the children are most in need of stationery, with the station taking a final decision based on specific criteria.

“We have received a few (nominations), but we are asking listeners to send in those nominations, and name the school you think is most deserving of the stationery. We are hoping to cater for 500 to 800 students,” she noted.

Despite Makro Ottery’s involvement, Kamaar urged more businesses to come on board. This could be done by contacting the station directly.

The closing date for donations is the 27th January 2015, with a handover conducted the very next day at the selected school. The event will be accompanied by a live outside broadcast.

Donations and nominations and be dropped off directly to the VOC studios at 2 Queenspark Avenue, Salt River. Nominations can also be submitted, or via fax at 021 44 77 271.

For more information, contact Kamaar at 021 442 3530, or the VOC studios at 021 442 3500. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)

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