LETCEE held a graduation ceremony for about 60 students at the Greytown Town Hall on Friday 2nd March 2012. We were very privileged to have Gillian Forster, LETCEE's previous training manager as the guest speaker and it was a special day for her as many of those graduating she had worked with whilst she was still at LETCEE. Kiasha Naidoo, LETCEE's training manager shares soem of her thoughts below:
“ As the new Training Manager at LETCEE this was the first graduation that I had to coordinate. I was very nervous. The staff at LETCEE from management to training assured me that there was nothing to stress about. They helped me and each other in planning the days function.
On the morning of the graduation I was so taken aback when I noticed how excited some of the graduates were to see each other. They were exchanging news about where they were working now and how happy they were that the graduation day had come.
The day was a great success for the graduates and staff but for me it was much, much more. When I saw the family members of the graduates applaud and dance when their daughters, granddaughters, wives and mothers’ names were being called out, I had to hold back my tears. A father-in-law of one of our graduates was present. He was the only member of her family that was able to attend the function. It was such a proud moment for him to see his daughter-in-law on stage. At that moment I was so proud to be a part of the LETCEE team. The team was great as well, they worked together guiding and supporting one another. I felt so privileged to work with them.
When the graduates sang their songs and said speeches thanking LETCEE for changing their lives, it dawned on me that they have changed my life even more. This was not just another graduation, for me it was an unforgettable day, reminding me that no matter who we are, how old we are or where we come from, we are learning from each other every day.”
THANK YOU TYRAH!
We at LETCEE felt so humbled and blessed when we received an email from a little girl in Australia stating that she would like have a garage sale to raise money for children who have less than she does and that she would like to send the proceeds to LETCEE.Here is the letter that we received from her after the garage sale...
"Hello, my name is Tyrah and I am 10 years old. I live in Australia with my family. My Mama used to live in South Africa, and she tells me stories about how kids over there don't have as much as I do. I thought that there must be something I can do to help, so Mama and I came up with the idea of having a garage sale and sending our profits to help children in South Africa. Mama found LETCEE online and we decided that, that is where we should send the money we raised.
I asked all my friends and family to donate any unwanted things they had... and boy did they have a lot of stuff!!!! It took a whole day to organize the clothes, kitchen things, DVD's, shoes, my Great Grandpa's records...the list goes on and on. Some of my family did not have anything to donate so they donated money, my Godfather and his family donated $100. WOW!
Finally we had the garage sale on Saturday December 3rd 2011. My Great Grandparents, my Mama and Papa, my Aunty Sheila and my Mum and little brother all helped out. And some of my family even came to buy some things on the day. A lot of people gave extra money or just said 'keep the change'. Altogether the garage sale raised about $420 then my Uncle and Aunty donated $50 so Mama made it up to a total of $500 then with my Godfathers $100 we raised $600 in total.
I hope this small donation helps the kids have a happy Christmas this year.
From Tyrah Rose."
What an inspiration. Thanks again Tyrah for helping out some of the children here in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa!