Money raised from walk to benefit local schools

2016-06-08 06:00
REGISTRATIONS: The CEO of SKM Consultancy Sibongile Mthethwa assists Onelenna Mosegele and Ntsoaki Sebeela with registration.

REGISTRATIONS: The CEO of SKM Consultancy Sibongile Mthethwa assists Onelenna Mosegele and Ntsoaki Sebeela with registration.

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THREE primary schools from Galeshewe will benefit through the donation of school shoes from SKM’s Walk to School walkathon that was held in Kimberley.

The event, which was the first to be hosted by SKM Consultants in Kimberley, saw at least 620 members of the public register to participate in either the 5 km, 8 km or 15 km around the town.

The walkathon, aimed at raising funds to buy shoes for school children, was held on Saturday, 28 May.

Looking at having this kind of event annually, the organisers aim at gradually creating awareness for healthy living throughout the Northern Cape through the event. According to the organiser of the event and CEO of SKM Legacy, Sibongile Mthethwa, a fair amount of funds was raised during the event, out of which the shoes were bought.

The beneficiary schools are all Galeshewe-based, namely Sol Plaatje Primary, Molehabangwe and Zingisa Primary.

Although the race did not see as much participation as expected, Sibongile clarified that some of the participants had pledged by paying registration fees, even though they had not arrived for the event.

She further highlighted that the registration fee had been between R30 and R90 and that there had been very few challenges in organi­sing the event.

“We used various methods of marketing the event, such as social media and street poles. The only thing that was not clear during the organising part was whether the company was Johannesburg based. But that was clarified on Facebook.

“We also had about 45 marshalls who volunteered to do duty on our routes,” said Sibongile.

According to the CEO, who said she was born in Kimberley, SKM hosted previous events in Johannesburg, where it identified various charity organisations as beneficiaries.

She said the beneficiaries ranged from feeding schemes, disability centres and mentally-challenged children.

“We are a consulting company and usually merge with other stakeholders towards giving to charity. We also specialise in events, modelling, catering and training services.

“In this event, we were mostly working with schools and believe that the low turnout was caused by the fact that the learners are preparing for exams.

“But we will soon be opening an office in Kimberley as well.”

She thanked the sponsors for the pizza vouchers for the winners.

“Schools around the area will benefit a lot from this initiative as we strive for the betterment of pupils’ learning and teaching sessions in schools.”

A date for the handover of the school shoes to the beneficiaries is still to be confirmed, as the organisers are still waiting on the Sol Plaatje Municipality’s mayor, David Molusi, to avail himself.

“The Sol Plaaje Tourism Centre also promised to look into the possibility of increasing the number of shoes for the beneficiaries.”

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