Each week, they arrive at Leda Primary School with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose. The students eagerly await their arrival, often checking with their teachers to ensure that Sue and Richard are coming that day. The duo have their unique ways of connecting with the children. Sue uses games like Monopoly to teach valuable life skills, including math, reading, and how to be a gracious winner or loser. Richard, on the other hand, enjoys playing cricket and football with his mentees. However, their greatest gift is the safe space they provided for the students to open up and talk about their concerns.
Over the years, Sue and Richard have witnessed incredible transformations in the lives of the children they mentor. Some students improved academically, gaining confidence through the games they play. Others show remarkable changes in their behavior, becoming more settled in class, which positively affected the entire school environment.
One day, Richard arrived at school to collect his mentee and was told by the teacher that the young boy was hiding under the transportable room and refusing to come out. Without hesitation, Richard crawled under the building to join him. They sat there together, sharing a sandwich, and it wasn’t long before the student felt comfortable enough to come out.