Her Majesty to the rescue of have-nots

2018-09-27 06:00
Sibusise Konye and Nadine Dirks (right) handing over heels to Siyasamkele Nyandini. Noxolo Oliphant is at the left) PHOTOs: simamkele mbanga

Sibusise Konye and Nadine Dirks (right) handing over heels to Siyasamkele Nyandini. Noxolo Oliphant is at the left) PHOTOs: simamkele mbanga

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Students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) handed over 50 high-heeled shoes to the grade 12 learners of Zola Secondary School in Khayelitsha as part of their Her Majesty Campaign.

The campaign, the brainchild of 10 students from CPUT, was a huge success with a total of 200 heels collected.

People from all over donated old and brand new heels to the learners to wear at their year-end ball.

“We never imagined that this campaign would receive this amount of support and donations when we started it.

Even some celebrities contacted us to donate and even now we are receiving more donations,” said Sibusise Konye who is a student and the campaign manager.

The grade 12 learners had to write motivational letters, which Konye said were very emotional and touching to read but also helped them connect to the learners more and understand the type of backgrounds they come from.

The learners received personalised shoe boxes which contained motivational quotes inside to inspire them.

“Matric ball comes only once(a year, in one’s lifetime) and we just wanted to celebrate the hard work that these young girls have put it in(in the course of the year),” added Konye.

Noxolo Oliphant, a teacher and the matric ball co-ordinator at Zola High School, expressed her surprise and delight at the fact that the CPUT had chosen their school.

“Some of the learners did not want to attend because they couldn’t afford it(matric ball regalia), but this initiative has helped change their minds a great deal.

“It’s giving hope and offering support to learners and we are very grateful of the gifts,” she said.

Siyasamkele Nyandini was very happy and excited to receive shoes and related to City Vision how grateful she was to her teachers and the CPUT students for choosing her school.

“I had decided I wasn’t going to the Matric ball because I couldn’t afford to buy the shoes needed for the night, but thanks to Her Majesty, I am now able to attend and I am very excited,” she said.

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