By Akash Ramdin
DURBAN CENTRAL – Years after finishing his grade 7 year at Addington Primary School, 27-year-old Ashley Eddy, the reigning Mr KZN, returned to his former school, to start a veggies garden on the school premises to assist with the school’s feeding scheme.
The school still holds a special place in Eddy’s heart , and he felt it was imperative to give back to the community that raised him, especially as it celebrated its 120 anniversary this year.
“It’s been a very big passion of mine, I already have an organic system running. Philantrophy is something I live for everyday in my life,” he said, when asked why he had decided on a veggies garden.
School principal, Mr Moodley has indicated all veggies grown will be used to make lunches and feed all pupils through its recently implemented a feeding scheme by Mrs Mahomed. Any excess will be sold to a company that indicated it will purchase from school. The school is attended mainly by children from an impoverished families with even a few child-headed households.” Many come to school hungry and as such, are unable to concentrate in class. Since the launch of the feeding scheme, pupils have become more attentive and an improvement in grades has been seen,” the principal sai9d.
Cabbage, lettuce and a whole variety of veggies were sowed by the excited and enthusiastic pupils. A group of 30 were selected from grades 4 to 6 according to those who have gardens at home to ensure that their skills are honed and nurtured. The tending and upkeep off the garden will form part of the children’s life orientation syllabus.
Eddy will also be vying for the bigger title of Mr SA, later this year.