This fundraising initiative was organised by the Grade 11 students at St Andrew’s College, and it holds a special place in our hearts.
The event, named “24 4 Smiley,” is a tribute to Stuart “Smiley” van Oldenborgh, who we tragically lost in an aircraft accident during his Grade 9 year in 2011. It’s a touching way to commemorate the lives of those we’ve lost, emphasising the value of remembrance.
24 4 Smiley is not just a gathering; it’s a purpose-driven event aimed at raising both funds and awareness for orphans and vulnerable children. This year, the funds raised will be used to purchase a specialised wheelchair for a 5-year-old boy in Joza who is bravely living with cerebral palsy.
This year’s fundraiser saw remarkable success, with approximately 686 shirts sold to support the cause. It was a collective effort, as students from St Andrew’s College (SAC), Diocesan School for Girls (DSG), and even Kingswood scholars joined hands to celebrate the lives of our fellow students who have left us during their time at College & DSG over the years.
The event was a vibrant celebration, filled with a plethora of activities for everyone to enjoy. This would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment and hard work of the Grade 11 organising committee, led by Robert Shaw.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the staff from the family of schools, including SAC, DSG, Prep, and DSG Junior, for their invaluable support throughout the event. Special thanks go to Mr Ladds, who generously offered to close the tuckshop during the event to maximise the proceeds from the stalls. The Barista (local business) for donating the funds they made from their stall during the event to the cause.
In conclusion, 24 4 Smiley 2023 stands as a shining example of our community’s spirit, unity, and dedication to making a difference. It’s not just an event; it’s a testament to our shared values and our commitment to helping those in need.
As we move forward, let us carry the memories of Smiley and all the lives we’ve lost with us, knowing that their legacies live on through our acts of kindness and generosity.