Buccaneer School Shoes, based in Cape Town, has been producing top quality school shoes since 1905.
Over the last 100 years the company has become known as the 'School Shoe Specialists' – renowned for their durability and flexibility. Buccaneers are committed to giving back to the communities in which they operate, and amongst their many community initiatives the company recently partnered with the Santa Shoebox Project to provide school shoes to underprivileged children in rural areas.
Skilpadvlei Primary School, near the small town of Moorreesburg, approximately 111km outside of Cape Town, does the best they can with what they get. It is thanks to the Western Cape Education Department and the charity of many that the teacher duo here are able to keep the school running. (The teacher here tells me that of the fifty kids that attend the school, ten of them live in the local orphanage.) Not one of the students outside wears a pair of shoes, their little feet callused from walking on hard ground underfoot – but this is all about to change.
It is in recognising this plight that Buccaneer Schools Shoes and the Santa Shoebox Project took a step in.
Time for the giving to begin
Mr Matthyse from the traffic department began the festive giving by telling a story. The principle of which was that although these gifts were from strangers, they were people who had these children in their hearts and minds.
Witnessing firsthand the sheer amount of joy these gestures created highlights how important this work can be - this Christmas will be one that the children of Skilpadvlei Primary will not forget.
Many of us might still be able to remember our own excitement when we got our first pair of shiny new school shoes – for us it symbolised the start of our “big school” careers – a right of passage almost to becoming a “big kid”. So I could just imagine how the kids from Skilpadvlei would feel when they were handed their brand new pair of school shoes – not only symbolic for these kids, but extremely necessary given that they walk to school and back every day, regardless of heat or cold or rain.
A special thanks must be given to the local municipality for their involvement and the Western Cape Traffic
Department for aiding in the transport and delivery of the boxes, they helped make the very special day possible. Most important of all was the big thank you message from the children of Skilpadvlei to Buccaneer School Shoes and the Santa Shoebox Project for their support and goodwill.
Buccaneers school shoes are available at Ackermans, Edgars, Jet, Express Stores, Shoe City, Game, Makro and Shoprite and all other selected retailers nationwide. For more information contact them on (021) 593 8836 or visit www.buccaneershoes.co.za.