"Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give."
- Barbara Bush
In 2010, Schalk Burger shared his vision with his fellow pupils at St. Johns College. He asked them to gather up all the good quality clothes that no longer fit their families. Each student packed their clothes into five disposable bags and two shoe boxes, the number symbolic of Jesus' act, when He fed the
5 000 with five loaves and two fish.
The boxes and bags were weighed, and a prize was given to the pupil, class and house that brought in the most.
The pupils of St. John's responded to Schalk's call with unbelievable generosity. A total of 520 large plastic bags and 290 shoe boxes, valued at R1.7 million, were collected.
Wim Burger also answered his father's challenge to get his school, Jan Celliers Primary, involved in the Clothing 4 Children initiative. Astonishingly, learners at Jan Celliers responded by collecting 790 large plastic bags and 520 shoe boxes amounting to a total value of R3.4 million.
The total combined value of clothes collected came to