Feeling the love!
FunDza's staff have been feeling the LOVE this last week. We've been sifting through the approximate 300 entries for February's 'Lines of Love' competition to select the winners. Readers were asked to write an eight-line poem about love with the lure of great cash prizes for the winner and two runners-up. We loved reading them to ourselves and each other. Some were hilariously funny, others heartfelt and warm, while others exposed broken hearts and the pain of love lost. It was tough going to pull together a shortlist and then select the final three. But, after much debate, we did it!
So, the winner is... 15-year-old Shikhar Singh for his poem First Love, which perfectly captures the awkwardness of being in love for the first time. The two runners-up were Shireen Els, author of Ebony Wonder, and Avuyile Zwedala, for her poem The overrated love. Click here for more about the winners and links to the poems that made it to our judging panel's shortlist.
Our staff complement is growing! Nandipha (who likes to be called Nandi) Tshabane has joined our team as our Beneficiary Liaison, working primarily with the groups we support with books in our Popularising Reading programme. We're so happy to have Nandi join us - find out more about her here. This appointment frees up Phoebe Sibomana's time to become our full-time Office Manager, ensuring that the office runs smoothly and that all our content is uploaded correctly and on time.
More's been happening... so check out our news below. And, if you haven't yet, download a copy of our Annual Report 2015, which gives you an update on our achievements for the 2015 financial year.
Sending love from all at FunDza
Mignon, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Nandi, Ndibulele, Sonja, Siki, Lebo, Baleseng, Andrew, Rethabile and Steve