School shoes come first

2020-03-10 06:02
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Learners from Zeekoevlei Primary in Lotus River and Thomas Wildschutt Junior Primary in Retreat have been kitted out with school shoes thanks to the organisation Earth Angel.

“We are five women from Pelican Park, Retreat and Steenberg who are trying to help the learners in our communities by covering their feet.

“We make mats, photo frames and toilet sets, sell it and use that money to buy the school shoes,” says Felicity Mopp from Retreat, who leads the group.

Her other partners are Bibi Willoughby from Retreat, Rebecca Solomons from Steenberg, Amanda Mopp from Pelican Park and Samantha Hendricks from Retreat.

They call themselves Earth Angels because they want to do good without expecting anything in return.

Before she partnered with the other four women, Mopp donated groceries to single parents in Retreat.

“When I realised that the kids in my community don’t have school shoes I decided to involve the senior citizens in the community and we started making mats. I used the money raised to buy shoes.

“We would stand on corners or entrances to schools and watch who had shoes and who did not. When we visited Zeekoevlei Primary, we discovered that the learners are still wearing waterboots in the heat of the summer. I immediately went out and bought the school shoes and handed it to the principal to distribute among the learners,” she says.

Mopp is still giving groceries to single moms but her main focus is now on school shoes.

“The school shoes are now our first priority and we would like to expand our project to other schools in the surrounding areas. Principals at these schools can call me with the sizes that they need and we’ll try to accommodate them.

“Everything we buy, we do so out of our own pockets,” Mopp says.

Earth Angel also handed out 1 000 pads at Zeekoevlei Primary and, due to the recent killings and rape of children, the organisation is now contemplating buying whistles to hand out to the boys and girls.

“Whenever they are in trouble they can just blow the whistle to let people know they are in distress,” Mopp says.

She even has a plan to counter the high import of goods from China. She says that most if not all the goods imported can be made here.

“There are senior citizens in old age homes who were dumped there by their kids. Some of them can still knit, crochet, make dresses and so on and if retail shops can employ them to make clothing locally, they are also of benefit to the communities they reside in,” she says.

To make life easier for the seniors in old age homes or retirement villages, Earth Angel provides them with toiletries and adult nappies.

  • Call Felicity Mopp on 078 676 4983 after 15:00.

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