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OR Tambo International Airport gives learners new ‘eyes’

TEMBISAN / 29 JUNE 2018 - 13.04 / MALEBO TSEKE

The journey began earlier this year when OR Tambo International Airport partnered with Ster-Kinekor and the South African Optometric Association

The journey began earlier this year when OR Tambo International Airport partnered with Ster-Kinekor and the South African Optometric Association tested the eyes of over 100 learners at Peter Zongwane Primary School.

Peter Zongwane Primary School learners hold the goodie bags they received after watching a movie and receiving their spectacles.

As part of their socio-economic development (SED) focus, the airport sponsored the spectacles and transport to Ster-Kinekor in Eastgate for June 20 spectacles handover event.

Out of the 100 learners, approximately 50 were identified to have a visual impairment and required spectacles to assist them with seeing better.

The learners arrived at Ster-Kinekor Eastgate and were welcomed by senior manager of corporate affairs at OR Tambo International Airport Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, Ster-Kinekor head of CSI, Wellness & Transformation Geraldine Engelman, members of the SED committee, as well as additional colleagues who were able to attend the event.

“We are proud to be associated with a programme aimed at improving the eyesight of disadvantaged children. These learners now have the opportunity to do what they do best, which is to focus on their learning and development at school level, so that they become the pilots, aircraft technicians, doctors and teachers of tomorrow,” said Gunkel-Keuler.

Gunkel-Keuler informed the learners of the work they do as OR Tambo International Airport in the socio-economic development (SED) space.

She also spoke to them about the airport and what one would find at an airport.

“Our intention is to also arrange an airport tour for them so that they have a greater understanding of what happens at this airport,” added Gunkel-Keuler.

She encouraged the learners to stay focused on their school work as well as thanked Ster-Kinekor for their great partnership.

The learners lined up to receive their custom-made spectacles and made their way into the cinema to be treated to a hilarious movie with their new set of eyes.

Lucky Nkosi from South African Optometric Association congratulated the learners on getting their spectacles and gave them advice on how to keep them in a good condition.

The moment the learners had been waiting for finally arrived, the lights were dimmed, and the movie began.

After the movie, each learner received a goodie bag from Ster-Kinekor and had a filling lunch sponsored by Spur.

There were big smiles all around as they bid farewell to the learners.

“Thank you to Ster-Kinekor, the South African Optometric Association and Spur for making all of this possible and for supporting this airport in empowering yet another community with pride,” said Gunkel-Keuler.



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