Help send a child to school with new shoes

COMMUNITY worker Sharon Mdletshe calls on community members to start the New Year by adding an extra pair of school shoes to their back-to-school lists.

The 62-year-old man, who runs the Eagles Wings shelter for abused women and children in Mzingazi, started a school shoe drive in October and handed out 123 pairs of new shoes a month later.

While many Christmas cheer projects have been underway over the past few weeks, Sharon says that a pair of school shoes is a product that will outlast candy baskets and toys.

She said she was inspired to start this project and contacted Mzingazi Primary School to roll out the pilot project.

She is now preparing to help other elementary schools in the area.

“We invite the community to donate to our school shoe drive and hope to deliver the next prize at the start of the new year.

“Schools already have databases of learners who need school shoes and uniforms, which greatly facilitates our work.

“Once again, I call on family, friends and all of my social media followers to support this most laudable initiative.

“We saw the fruit of the first rollout when our local CPFs, businesses and individuals stepped in to help us achieve the goal.

“Donations have continued to flow and we want to keep the momentum going. We are now expanding the project to all schools in our area to ensure that no child has to walk barefoot to school, or wear tight or torn shoes again.

“Our donors have given these children the best gift to restore their dignity, and what better way to start the New Year with brand new school shoes.”

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