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2016-08-30 06:00
A dream to donate 1 000 pairs of school shoes during next year is a goal the School Shoes Project is working on achieving. The project is supported by Maitland-based business Cool Bananas. Pictured from left is Nigelia Matroos (Cool Bananas), Nicolette Labuschagne (Cool Bananas), Sebastian Haricombe (School Shoes Project) and Malcolm Royston (Cool Bananas).  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

A dream to donate 1 000 pairs of school shoes during next year is a goal the School Shoes Project is working on achieving. The project is supported by Maitland-based business Cool Bananas. Pictured from left is Nigelia Matroos (Cool Bananas), Nicolette Labuschagne (Cool Bananas), Sebastian Haricombe (School Shoes Project) and Malcolm Royston (Cool Bananas). PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A goal to donate 1 000 pairs of shoes to underprivileged children in Manenberg.

This is the dream of Manenberg resident and ex-gangster Sebastian Haricombe who heads up the School Shoes Project which aims to provide one of the most basic pieces for school.

Haricombe has been running the project for just over four years in his community and most recently they included Atlantis as one of the communities to partner with to make this dream a reality.

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

“During our first year we managed to donate 40 pairs of shoes and the project has just grown since then. Now for our next endeavour we hope to raise enough funds or receive donations to make 1000 pairs of shoes a reality,” Haricombe says.

He adds the project would not be successful without the buy-in from communities and companies who come on board to assist the cause.

One such company, who has been committed since the first year of the School Shoes Project, is Cool Bananas – a fresh produce store situated in Maitland.

“We can only say thank you to companies such as Cool Bananas who has remained committed to our schools every year since the beginning. This year they have donated R1500 which will be spread among four schools in Manenberg,” he says.

Cool Bananas owner Malcolm Royston says they heard about Haricombe’s initiative and decided to help the project.

“Here we believe in a holistic approach to teaching and getting involved with this project was the ideal way to give back to the communities we come from. Something as basic as school shoes is a necessity and by donating a pair of shoes to children from communities who are riddled with gangsterism and crime, restoring their dignity with a new pair of shoes is a step in the right direction,” Royston says.

He has also implored bigger companies to become involved with such projects in their communities.

“Businesses can’t exist without giving back and we implore them to wake up and make a difference in the lives of children. There is just too little concern for the communities supporting them and if everybody does a little more we can achieve so much more.” 

If you would like to donate to the School Shoes Project, contact Sebastian Haricombe on 063 776 4969.


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