BR working hand in hand with the Bambisanani Project

BR Pharmaceuticals is delighted to confirm its continued support of St Mary’s School, Menston, which is championing an exchange project between Young people in Yorkshire and South Africa.

Most recently, 14 students from the Leeds-based secondary school and 27 students from Mnyakanya High School in rural Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa have received the prestigious Diana Award for their collaboration through St Mary’s Bambisanani Partnership.

The Diana Award was established in the UK in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, as a legacy to her belief in the power of young people to change the world.    

The International Diana Award was launched 12 years later and recipients are young people from across the globe who are committed to helping others and improving their communities.  International Award holders include volunteers, fundraisers, campaigners and those who have overcome adversity.

Mnyakanya High School is in partnership with St. Mary’s and for the past seven years the two schools have worked together as the Bambisanani Partnership, using sport as a catalyst to promote education, health, leadership and global citizenship.

Bambisanani is the Zulu word for working hand in hand and encapsulates the collaboration between the two schools. The Bambisanani Partnership has gained international acclaim for its work and this year students involved met Prince William at a Diana Award celebration event. BR Pharmaceuticals has supported the project for several years and is delighted to see the youngsters achieve so much each year.   

Over the last year, the Young Leaders from Mnyakanya School have volunteered to work in their community with the ‘Child Care’ organisation caring and supporting victims of abuse or those with HIV infection.  The students have developed peer mentoring and community programmes as well as liaising with other agencies that can support the victims.  Their work has had a remarkable impact which is widely acknowledged and high regarded by the local community.    

St. Mary’s students have also received the Diana Award for their work in South Africa.  The students visited the country last summer and were responsible for mentoring young leaders from Mnyakanya through the Bambisanani Leadership Award.  In addition to this they also taught at the school and together with Mnyakanya students, were responsible for organising community reading and sports festivals.  The St. Mary’s students also worked at Ntolwane Primary School and Zulufadder Orphanage.

David Geldart, Assistant Headteacher from St. Mary’s and founder of the Bambisanani Partnership said: “The Nkandla area of South Africa where we work, is extremely poor with one of the highest HIV/Aids rates in the world.  Education and developing young leaders is key to breaking this cycle of poverty, deprivation and ignorance.  I am so proud of the young leaders/volunteers from Mnyakanya and St. Mary’s. They are all very honoured to receive the Diana Award.”