Kansai Plascon representatives and Quinton Fortune, the former Manchester United and Bafana Bafana player, visited Randfontein Secondary School to run a training clinic with the school’s soccer team, and to motivate and inspire the pupils to excel in their studies, and to make the right life choices.
Kansai Paint, Kansai Plascon’s parent company, is the official paint partner of Manchester United, and is committed to supporting and improving education. As part of Kansai Plascon’s corporate social investment programme, the company chose to assist Randfontein Secondary School by painting and renovating the buildings, and supporting the school’s sports development. The school is located in a disadvantaged area and its students battle with social issues.
Winston Morris, Randfontein Secondary School principal, opened the proceedings by stating that the best indicator of a school’s achievements is their performance academically and on the sports field. He was joined by Plascon Marketing Executive Mike van Harmelen.
The learners were thrilled to see Fortune, who thanked Kansai Plascon for not only painting the school, but also winning the hearts and minds of the learners. He emphasised that success requires hard work and sacrifice, and relayed his personal story of growing up on the Cape Flats. He said he could relate to the challenges which the pupils experience on a daily basis, and that he is “living proof” of the fact that anyone can make a success of their life. Quinton reiterated that success requires dedication and commitment, and that there will always be challenges, but the key is to never give up.