Plumstead Neighbourhood Watch has joined hands with other stakeholders to collect shoes for needy children at Westlake Primary School.With the help of the school’s teachers, the watch identified about 207 learners who require shoes. The shoes needed range from sizes one to 13. These children come from underprivileged families in the surroundings of Plumstead. Vice-chairperson of the watch, Thania Wilson-Harris, explains: “Our secretary requested for us to assist the learners when I was coordinating the water drive for the Talita Cumi Outreach two months ago. “She mentioned that many of the children did not have shoes. “When we delivered the water to Wynberg, I got to see that really, many little ones did not have shoes on. I started a social media campaign and the response has been quite impressive,” says Wilson-Harris.She says that within a short period of time they have collected 97 pairs of shoes and monetary donations from local and international donors. She thanks everyone who has supported them so far and is calling for donations to help them reach their target.“As volunteers we are involved in much more than just crime prevention and we cannot turn our backs on needy people or animals. “Together with the Heifers, which is a group of ladies who reside in Kirstenhof, and Mcgregor and Carolyne Franklin leading the drive, we were able to get going sooner than later,” Wilson-Harris says. “When working together as a community, nothing is impossible. Let us join hands to create the environment we want in our communities.”She says they aim to spread a message to the beneficiaries that “there are people who care, people who are prepared to help. Never give up on your dreams when something seems impossible.” The shoes will be handed over as soon as the target has been met.V For more information on how to make a donation, email email@example.com.