At SACS there is a group of boys who excel in helping others without any reward of any kind. They simply do it because they are noble. Unfortunately there aren’t nearly as many boys as one would like, due to other commitments like sports practices, extra lessons, etc., but the ones who do this are exceptional. No job is ever too menial or degrading to them. They are always happy in helping the less fortunate and never complain. They also encourage others to join them and inspire everyone they meet. I have often been approached by complete strangers who are simply astonished that “such boys still exist in this day and age”.
Charity work is normally done on Sundays. Then we go to animal shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally challenged or hospitals and do odd jobs that these places need to be done, or we interact with the people (or animals) staying there, bringing cheer, a little treat and lots of smiles. Often we even have parents who join and who seem to enjoy the outing as much as their sons. The kindness and compassion of our boys always impress everybody.
From time-to-time the whole school is involved in bringing much needed things for a specific course (like toys for an orphanage, food for animals, books for a less privileged school, etc.) and normally the response is overwhelming. Lots of charity organisations need money desperately, and once a term we sell ribbons in aid of these organisations. The boys then wear these ribbons on their blazers for a week to show they care.
I always find it heart-warming to accompany our boys on the various outreach programs because they are enthusiastic, cheerful and exceptionally kind and helpful. My philosophy is that every person should try to do at least one kind thing per day, something where there is no reward for you whatsoever, but you do it simply in return for all the blessings you yourself receive unwarranted. And I am glad to say that many of our boys have this same philosophy.
Paul Naudé (Teacher in charge of community service)