New shoes build dreams

2017-02-15 06:03
Members of Botshabelo’s Midnight Storm Riders Club donated shoes to 30 needy learners of the Lebelo Primary School. From the left are, front: Mpho Chake (teacher), Moseme Tau (president of Storm Riders), Tshepiso Makheng (beneficiary), Lempe Khoathela (vice-president of Storm Riders), Daniel Sobasha (principal of Lebelo) and Sello Nthatisi (beneficiary). In the back are members of the bikers club.

Members of Botshabelo’s Midnight Storm Riders Club donated shoes to 30 needy learners of the Lebelo Primary School. From the left are, front: Mpho Chake (teacher), Moseme Tau (president of Storm Riders), Tshepiso Makheng (beneficiary), Lempe Khoathela (vice-president of Storm Riders), Daniel Sobasha (principal of Lebelo) and Sello Nthatisi (beneficiary). In the back are members of the bikers club.

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A group of 30 needy learners attending the Lebelo Primary School in Botshabelo no longer have to walk to school in torn shoes with worn-out soles.

A local bikers club, Midnight Storm Riders, has donated brand-new shoes to each of them, giving them hope in their journey of life-long learning.

The bikers, both men and women, recently paid a visit to the school to present the shoes to the recipients.

Although some of the learners’ shoes were worn-out and others walked barefoot, they persevered in going to school to get their education.

Their determination convinced the bikers club to raise funds to purchase shoes.

Former learner Lempe Khoathela also played a lead role in this initiative.

He is the vice-president of the bikers club.

Although his stay at the school was brief, Khoathela said he felt obliged to make a positive contribution towards helping learners realise their dream of getting an education so they can improve their lives.

He said a former teacher at the school encouraged him to attend without fail and drilled the value of education into his mind.

“I disliked going to school, but my teacher never allowed me to go astray. She helped me to understand the value of education and I’ll always be grateful to her. She made me a better person,” said Khoathela.

“Through the donation of these shoes, we want learners to also be better people in their society.”

The bikers brought extra shoes, which were also donated to other learners.

Khoathela told the learners that the shoe project is meant to address the plight of needy learners going to school barefoot or with torn shoes.

“As future leaders, people are depending on you, so continue to attend school and learn so that you can be the best version of yourself,” said Moseme Tau, president of the bikers club.

“We have identified you in our mission to help people achieve their dream.”

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