Coming off a successful inaugural campaign last year, VOC has again launched its annual Stationery Drive initiative. The social outreach programme aims to assist parents who can barely afford to match the overwhelming price tags that accompany basic schooling necessities. Every year, the station appeals to the community to donate stationery towards the cause, which will then be distributed to an underprivileged school.
Parents are encouraged, upon buying their children’s stationery for the forthcoming year, to buy a little extra of each stationery item, which can then be donated towards the initiative. All donations can be brought directly to the VOC studios.
All items raised will be distributed at the selected school on the 28th January, accompanied by a live outside broadcast from the venue. Apart from the handover, students will also be treated to a small lunch. Members of the community are also welcome to assist with the distribution itself.
The list of stationery items needed include wax crayons, blue and black pens, colouring and basic pencils, erasers and sharpeners, rulers, glue sticks, and scissors. The list also includes pencil cases, copy paper, A4 exercise books, and sunblock.
With last year’s campaign only starting in late January, VOC programme manager, Mishka Daries, said the station had resolved to initiating the drive much earlier this year. This was with the intention of allowing listeners to start budgeting in advance.
“What we are asking is that when you are budgeting for your kid’s stationery, that you please do budget that little bit extra. We are not saying that we want 12 hardcover books from you because we know it’s expensive, but if you can put in just one extra and donate that to VOC, it really helps,” she said.
Apart from the donations, listeners will also have the opportunity to make submissions on a possible destination for the stationery. You are encouraged to submit nominations for a school where you believe the students are most in need, with the station making a final decision based on several criteria.
“The criteria we are going to be choosing it on, is how involved the school is in the community. It’s no use just teaching maths and science. Even though you may be disadvantaged in your area, you might be able to make a difference nonetheless,” said Daries.
Criteria will also include student and teacher morale, and a general rating of the school from the community itself. The station will hope to cater for between 500-800 students.
Nominations can be sent to email@example.com. Alternatively, you can fax your nomination to 021 44 77 271, or drop it off at the VOC studios at 2 Queenspark Ave, Salt River. Any businesses that would like to get involved, may speak to VOC sales manager, Hassiem Bastra. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)