School shoes campaign kicks off

2017-02-09 06:02
Chuma Kahlela, the director and founder of Ogiyonke Care, Akhona Mani, Nonkosi Magadla, Nomfuneko Mayekiso, Xolelwa Sikalana, teachers and learners during the handover of shoes at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Chuma Kahlela, the director and founder of Ogiyonke Care, Akhona Mani, Nonkosi Magadla, Nomfuneko Mayekiso, Xolelwa Sikalana, teachers and learners during the handover of shoes at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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About 60 excited learners from Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha, received donations of pairs of shoes and 10 tablets on Friday.

The donation of 54 pairs of shoes was made possible by members of the Ogiyonke Care Campaign which aims to impart a positive impact on the importance of education and thus making a difference in communities.

Chuma Kahlela, the director and founder of Ogiyonke Care, mobilised his friends on social media and different individuals to buy shoes for needy learners.

Another individual, Yandiswa Mashaba, the parent of a former learner at the school made an additional donation of five pairs of shoes.

She said it was part of showing her appreciation to the school.

Kahlela said the donation will surely make a difference in the lives of the learners.

“It is an inner passion that I have always had. I have always wanted to be an agent of positive changes and make a bigger impact in our disadvantaged communities.

Giving to a needy child does not only empower them to learn, it also helps to develop their self-esteem and awaken their untapped potential. Life itself requires perseverance and unwavering determination, because everybody has infinite potential. I would like to thank all those who contributed to the campaign,” Kahlela said.

School principal Zoliswa Mafilika said she was grateful to the donors for choosing her school as a beneficiary of the campaign.

“It is such a blessing. Some of the learners do not have shoes at all and some have worn-out shoes.

I want to thank you for your continuous support. This will make a big difference in the lives of the learners,” Mafilika said.

Last year, Kahlela was involved in a campaign with Coca Cola to supply about 60 learners with sanitary towels.

She said the campaign will continue.

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