New shoes, bright futures for kids

2016-04-12 06:00
Pupils from Downeville Primary received new school shoes as a donation from the School Shoes Project being run at four schools in Manenberg.

Pupils from Downeville Primary received new school shoes as a donation from the School Shoes Project being run at four schools in Manenberg.

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Pupils of Downeville Primary are walking on sunshine after 100 pairs of shoes were donated to the school on Monday.

Companies and organisations made this possible and three other schools will also be benefiting from this project.

Sebastian Haricombe of the School Shoes Project, together with the International Peace Youth Group, have been running the project for just over four years and were delighted to do a handover at the Manenberg school.

Haricombe, who also hails from Manenberg and an ex-gangster, initiated the project to “bring light and encourage the youth of Manenberg”.

“We managed to raise R19 000 from donations received from various companies such as Joey Steel Company, Cool Bananas, Koeberg Fisheries and Cape Auto Electric. I just want to thank these companies and individuals for donating to the cause,” Haricombe says.

He says he was able to purchase 240 pairs of shoes which will be distributed among Downeville Primary, Sonderend Primary, Edendale Primary and Manenberg Primary over the next few weeks.

Principal of Downeville Primary, Edmond Treu, says he was first introduced to Haricombe three years ago and they both hold a passion for the pupils of the area.

“We have one common goal among ourselves and that is to bring light into the lives of these children. We are so happy for the efforts of Haricombe and his team to sponsor our school in the way that he did,” Treu says.

He further says that he applauds the work of Haricombe and his efforts to bring the youth of Manenberg out of their circumstances by encouraging a positive future for all of them. “It is really a beautiful thing to see and we are so grateful for it. To know that out of mud, a lily can grow sends a message to the youth of Manenberg,’ he says. V If you would like to donate to the School Shoes Project, contact Sebastian Haricombe on 060 708 7731.


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