NPO donates to help keep kids warm

2019-06-18 06:01
Jubilant recipients of shoes. PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Jubilant recipients of shoes. PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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Learners at Bramble Way Primary School in Bonteheuwel were thrilled when they received new school shoes and socks on Wednesday 14 June.

The donation was made by a non-profit organisation (NPO) Lace Up For Change. The organisation uses sport to facilitate change and improve the lives of the needy.

They say the sporting events are hosted to raise funds to help in needy areas. A total of 450 pairs were given to needy and deserving learners.

They were also offered boeber and sandwiches to warm their bodies.

For Faizel Jacobs and Irfaan Abrahams, chairman and deputy of the organisation, the donation is the way to encourage learners to stay at school and help them to do so by keeping them warm during winter.

The pair said the organisation does all sorts of sporting events to raise funds in order to buy material to donate to needy schools.

Jacobs said they have, over the years, built relationships with schools and helped where possible.

“One of our values is that we believe what it is that we hand out, we must be able to have,” he said.

By that, he meant whatever they donate is something they would also use if it is in good quality.

Acting school principal Glynis Enfield could not contain her excitement and appreciation.

She said the school caters for learners from Bonteheuwel and a few from Langa and Phillipi. She said the school has so many challenges that include domestic violence and substance abuse but encourages learners to rise above those.

Enfield has been at the school for the past three years and says it has too many challenges.

These challenges include children coming from poor families and gang violence.

She said her wish is for learners to come out victorious and be better individuals in the future.

“Each term has a theme and the one for this term is charity, by that we mean give to those who do not have, and today goes hand-in-hand with that,” she explained.

Her message to the sponsors was that no one has ever become poor by giving. She encouraged them to continue giving.

Enfield said the act by the organisation will instil the values about the importance of giving.

“Our wish is for our learners to become responsible citizens of our country who are able to give,” she said.

One of the beneficiaries Ashlene Brown (8), a Grade 3 learner, said she was happy about the donation. “I am very happy about the shoes and I am feeling good. Thank you,” she said.

Brown said she wants to become a member of the forensics teams when she finishes school. That, according to her, would help people.

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