Project donates 300 shoes to pupils

2018-06-12 06:00
PHOTOS: suppliedThe team responsible for Project Soul 2 Sole at Esiqhinqini Full Service School.

PHOTOS: suppliedThe team responsible for Project Soul 2 Sole at Esiqhinqini Full Service School.

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IT was a morning of big hugs, warm smiles and tears of joy as 300 pupils from five schools in and around Ximba each received a pair of new school shoes as part of the ongoing Project Soul 2 Sole. For many of the children, it is the first new pair of school shoes they have owned.

Spearheaded by KZN-based NPO Blue Sky Society Trust, in conjunction with The Lion Match Group and Aramex South Africa, Project Soul 2 Sole has, for the past four years, made a phenomenal impact on the lives of some of KwaZulu-Natal’s most destitute children by distributing new and pre-loved school shoes.

“It truly astounds me that in 2018 there are some seven million children in Africa who have never owned a pair of new or second-hand shoes,” said Carla Geyser, founder of Blue Sky Society Trust.

“The look in a child’s eyes, the smile on their face when they receive their first pair of school shoes, is something hard to explain. We have a phenomenal group of people involved in this impactful project, to whom I am truly grateful.”

The recent handover at Mdepha High School is the project’s largest shoe-drop thus far. Pupils from two of the 11 KZN schools that contributed towards the project, Orient Islamic School and Clifton College, helped distribute the footwear to children from Mdepha High, Esiqhingini Full Service School, Othweba Primary School, Nonqanda Primary School and St Julius Secondary School in and around the Mayibuye Game Reserve.

In addition to a new pair of shoes, the pupils also received a pair of socks, a tin of shoe polish and an Uzwelo book bag.

“We strongly believe in giving back to the communities who are so loyal to our brand,” said Milena Domiro, marketing and CSI manager at Lion Match Group.

It was a heart-warming moment for Simon Ntuli, the deputy principal of Mdepha High School, who watched as hundreds of his pupils tried on the new shoes.

“This is a great day for us, to have new school shoes for our children. We are so grateful for Project Soul 2 Sole.”

The distribution of the pre-loved school shoes wrapped up at the end of last year with donations by 11 schools in the province, namely Maritzburg College, Michaelhouse, Durban Girls’ High, Our Lady of Fatima, Clifton School, Virginia Prep, La Lucia Junior, Chelsea Prep, Orient Islamic School, Hilton College and Durban Girls’ College.

— Supplied.

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