Young learners helped on their way

2018-01-24 06:02
Joseph Sebeho, donor of the school shoes, helps Pheello Tlakani to fit the right pair while the other learners look on.Photo: Teboho Setena

Joseph Sebeho, donor of the school shoes, helps Pheello Tlakani to fit the right pair while the other learners look on.Photo: Teboho Setena

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A group of 31 learners from impoverished backgrounds attending the Mahlohonolo Primary School have been relieved of the burden of wearing worn-out school shoes, or of having to go barefoot.

This was made possible by a young donor, Joseph Sebeho (31), who donated brand-new shoes to each of the 31 learners. He personally presented the shoes to the learners at their school in Botshabelo on Friday (19/01).

Sebeho says while the power of education changes one’s poor family background, having no shoes remain a difficulty in the journey.

He says he took the decision to donate school shoes after observing the suffering of scores of learners with no shoes or worn-out shoes.

“Yet they do not give up to go to school to get an education. Through this I’m striving to give hope to the hopeless,” says Sebeho.

Sebeho revealed that money spent to purchase the 31 pairs of shoes was part of his savings after he decided not to be a spendthrift.

“I used to spend my hard-earned money unnecessarily on alcohol.”

He says he decided to change after he saw the number of children with worn-out shoes going to school.

“I then found a good cause to spend part of my money on. Every weekend over three days, Fridays to Sundays, I would spend approximately R800 on alcohol at night clubs. Every day I would then pass scores of children going to school with torn shoes and saw their need. Even though I cannot provide them with everything they need, I have decided to start with the mere basics and to me that was school shoes.

“This is merely one of the projects which is close to my heart and I do it with love and true passion. I have stopped going on vacations and now spend that money on doing good for the community. No one has ever become poor by giving. I pray from now on that there would be people who share the same passion to assist with the shoe project quarterly,” says Sebeho.

“I decided on donating shoes to children from less fortunate backgrounds because I grew up in a similar background. The 31 pairs of shoes also coincide with my 31st birthday,” says Sebeho.

Tsokolo Mokoena, head of the department at the school, expressed appreciation for the gesture of goodwill by Sebeho to change the lives of the 31 learners.

“This is heart-warming considering the number of learners having no shoes, and those who come to school wearing worn-out shoes. We found out that most of the learners were from poor families and struggle to make ends meet. Hence we are grateful to the goodwill gesture by Sebeho to relieve their situation,” says Mokoena.

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