Kasi Angels make it possible

2018-02-01 06:01

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Kasi Angels Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by a Khayelitsha resident, whose aim is to donate about nine-thousand shoes to disadvantaged pupils around the country.

It seems they are well on track with their objectives as on Tuesday, they brought joy to primary school pupils in Mandalay as the foundation it donated 40 pairs of shoes.

Currently, the initiative has collected over 600 shoes and aims to reach a 2 000 target by the end of the month.

Gerald Nomlala, the organiser, said last year they collected more than 800 pairs of school shoes that were donated to fire victims in Knysna and other townships.

“Funding for these shoes comes from a few friends and also from sales of the Kasi Angels t-shirts and other paraphernalia, which we sell to the public,” he said.

“Out of four T-shirts and four pins we sold, we manage to purchase one pair of shoes. Our aim is to continue with this trend and not to depend only on donors. But the lack of funding is threatening our campaigns.”

Nomlala said last year they were approached by several agencies to assist in corporate social responsibility initiatives within local communities as part of the June 16 campaign.

He said their target was #9000Shoes, with 1 000 shoes to be donated in each of the nine provinces.

“By the time we start distributing these school shoes and sanitary pads at the end of the first quarter in 2018, winter will be at the doorstep for the poor South African child.

“To some kids, school will be a no-go area because they can’t afford a pair of shoes or sanitary pads. School shoes and pads don’t play a luxury role to a child, but are necessities that provide protection and comfort,” he said. Nomlala said this was to send a message to the government that schoolchildren should get a free pair of shoes every year. He said they would also target pensioners with grandchildren that need school shoes.

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