By Mohalenyane Phakela
MASERU — Pioneer Mall, on Tuesday, gave away Easter hampers to children who won the colouring competition the shopping centre had run throughout the month of April.
Pioneer Mall marketing official, Phokoane Taoana, and the Easter Bunny visited various schools to surprise the students who had won the competition with hampers.
The contest was entered by students whose ages ranged from five to seven years old and from four primary schools in and around Maseru.
“We selected four local primary schools that we normally work with in our activities to allow their students to take part in our Easter Colouring competition,” said Taoana in an interview with the Weekender before the prize giving ceremony.
“There have always been games like Treasure Hunt for kids to play during Easter holidays. We, as Pioneer Mall wanted to come up with a different form of entertainment for kids which will simultaneously be educative.”
The schools which participated in the competition were American International School of Lesotho from which two won, Tiny Tots Primary School with three winners, three from Montessori International School and another trio from Maseru Preparatory School. Each school was represented by around 20 students.
“After the kids had submitted the attractively-coloured Easter Bunny drawings, that we delivered to their schools for this competition which ran for two weeks, we displayed them on the corridors of the mall and asked shoppers to judge which ones were the best,” added Taoana.
“We had partnered with some of our tenants here at Pioneer Mall to come up with the prizes.
“Although we only involved four schools in this competition, we are hoping to have more of them next year and bigger prizes. Based on the success of this first one, we are hoping to make it an annual event.”
The principals and teachers of all the schools that participated were evidently very pleased with their pupils who had won and thanked Pioneer Mall for the competition saying it contributes to the development of the kids as colouring is part of their curriculum.