Sleep day challenge at Wendywood Primary School in the name of charity

The proud runners-up from Wendywood Preschool give their hearts to the Heart of Hope Foundation.


Wendywood Primary School is the national and regional runners-up in the popular yearly competition for schools to see who can fit the most children on a double bed mattress for 30 seconds.

The school in Sandton managed to fit a staggering 47 Grade 4’s on a double mattress in celebration of World Sleep Day – all in the name of charity.

The winning school Brakpan Primary beat them to the winning post when 60 Grade 4’s squeezed onto a mattress to celebrate World Sleep Day.

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The official hand-over of the mattresses to Deborah van Dongen from Hearts of Hope, the school’s charity of choice, was done by Hirsch’s operations manager Lori Lowe.

“Sleep is such an important part of our lives, particularly for young children. What we have found when we visited underprivileged pre-schools in the areas where we operate, is that sometimes the children don’t have anywhere to sleep during their lunch break time,” said Hirsch’s chief operations officer Margaret Hirsch.

The top three winning schools will be able to donate the mattresses to an organisation of their choice.

Lowe also said the following items were required to fill the Hearts of Hope pantry on an on-going basis:

  • Lactogen 1 and 2
  • Size 3-5 nappies
  • Tinned food
  • Cleaning products
  • Wet wipes.

“We at Hearts of Hope believe that it takes ‘a village to raise a child’. None of what we do would be possible without your help and assistance,” said Lowe.

Hearts of Hope currently have 34 vulnerable children in their care, said Van Dongen. The home always welcomes long life foods, nappies and a lot of soft toys as well. They take care of children from newborn babies right up to 18-year-olds. They also take care of abandoned and HIV babies.

The organisation also has a development programme to educate the children and equip them for a good future, whether they remain in the facility or get adopted or reunited.

If you would like to make any donations to this cause, go to [email protected]

Monthly donations can be made to:

Standard Bank


Branch code 051001

Account number 022972188

Ref: Your name ‘Pantry’

Staff Reporter

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