Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
There is just one day to go until Manchester United legend Quinton Fortune appears at Makro Germiston – and you stand the chance of winning a signed jersey, just by posting a “selfie” of yourself at the event.
Fortune’s tour of South Africa is all part of Kansai Paint‘s (the official global paint partner of Manchester United) commitment to supporting and improving education. As part of their corporate social investment programme, four schools have been selected from the areas around South Africa in which Kansai Plascon’s factories operate.
Manchester United Legend Quinton Fortune at Randfontein Secondary School
The Luipaardsvlei factory in Krugersdorp has chosen to assist Randfontein Secondary School by painting and renovating the buildings, and supporting the school’s soccer team. They’ve also gone even further by enlisting the help of Manchester United Legend, Quinton Fortune, which is where he could be found yesterday!
What makes Quinton Fortune such an inspirational figure to the people in these communities is that he is himself a man who came from humble beginnings… He grew up on the Cape Flats but left South Africa as a teenager to pursue his soccer dreams. He made a decision at that early age to change his circumstances and he has become a role model to South Africa’s youth with his success in adulthood.
Quinton Fortune visited the school yesterday to run a training clinic with the school’s soccer team, and to motivate and inspire the school’s learners to seek to excel in their studies, and to make the right life choices.
The school is located in a disadvantaged area, and its learners battle with an array of social issues that affect those who grow up in impoverished areas. Despite these challenges, the school has worked hard to increase the percentage of those passing Grade 12, with the help and involvement of a strong governing body, a dedicated principal and educators, and the community.
Kansai Plascon also supplied paint to Toekomsrus Primary School, Randfontein Secondary School’s feeder school, some five years ago in order to completely revamp the facilities. Since then, the primary school’s pass rate has been 100% and so Randfontein Secondary School was the natural choice to support in the continued effort to boost the morale of local learners at all levels of education.
Kansai Plascon has already begun repainting Randfontein Secondary School and has completely redone one toilet block, which was previously in very poor condition. Kansai Plascon’s involvement has also prompted the involvement and additional support of the Department of Education.
The Department of Education has undertaken construction work to upgrade the ‘temporary’ board classrooms to facebrick structures. Kansai Plascon will continue to be involved with the improvement of the facilities and intends to complete painting by the end of 2015.
The school also has a vegetable garden as part of a feeding scheme for disadvantaged community members. Once again, to give further support to the school and to supplement the feeding scheme, Kansai Plascon employees will plant fruit trees in the vegetable garden as part of the company’s Mandela Day activities.
So be sure to get yourself to Makro in Germiston tomorrow, so that you can meet this inspirational South African soccer player who has made a name for himself internationally, and also stand a chance to win a signed jersey! 🙂