Team effort helps learners

2016-07-06 06:00
SIBONGILE Mthethwa the CEO and Founder of SKM Legacy handing the learners their pairs of shoes

SIBONGILE Mthethwa the CEO and Founder of SKM Legacy handing the learners their pairs of shoes

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ALL the sweat and hard work finally paid off and in spite of challenges and resistance in making this project a success, everything worked in our favour in ensuring the lives of many kids are made better.”

These were the words of Sibongile Mthethwa, CEO and founder of SKM Legacy, after the handover of school shoes to learners of three Galeshewe-based primary schools on Friday, 24 June. This was done in the presence of David Molusi, mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality.

The handover was made possible through a walkathon on Saturday, 28 May, aimed at raising funds for disadvantaged learners of the Zingisa Primary School, the Sol Plaatje Primary School and the Molehabangwe Intermediate School.

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

After announcing the possibility of hosting this kind of event annually, the organisers said the aim was also to gradually create awareness for healthy living throughout the Northern Cape. Mthethwa extended her heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, who believed in the project and showed their support since day one.

“We would also like to thank the Traffic Department, which assisted us on the day of the walkathon, the police officers, St John ambulances and the marshals. They sacrificed their sleep in order to stand in the cold while the walkathon took place, and had volunteered out of their own free will,” said Mthethwa.

“It is humbling that even though the idea was not as polished as it later was when we first approached the Sol Plaatje Municipality, and even though we didn’t receive funding from government or private entities, it succeeded. I knew that with God on our side things would eventually work out. Little did I know it would work out as well as it did.”

SKM Legacy is a consulting company that usually merges with other stakeholders towards giving to charity. It also specialises in other services.

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