New school shoes bring joy to underprivileged pupils

The excited pupils of Myezane Public School, who don’t have to walk barefoot to school anymore.

Situated in the township of Imbali, 15km away from Pietermaritzburg, is the Myezane Public School. Pupils who attend this school come from poor backgrounds and have to trek to school with worn-out school shoes or travel barefoot.

Learning under this condition has also proven to be difficult for them. But this changed for them when kind-hearted Samaritans heeded a call to assist these young and deserving pupils with school shoes.

Through the Bond Initiative, an outreach campaign started by radio personality and columnist, Ravi Govender, a concerned resident of PMB had made a plea to the organisation. 

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Govender said, “I put feelers out on Facebook and a good friend, Nirma Nimi Maharaj, asked her husband, Jeetesh, to talk to a client of his.  Baboo of Africa Soul Footwear in Westmead instantly agreed to donate the shoes. He put in a special production order for us. Another Facebook friend of mine, Tony Premchand, owner of Nandos in Moody Street, Pinetown, got into his bakkie and collected eight cartons of shoes from Baboo and drove to the school and delivered 80 pairs of brand new boys and girls shoes to the delighted pupils and principal, Mr Caluza.”

The donation touched the hearts of everyone who was involved in it. Govender also thanked Jenny Lutchman for bringing the case to his notice.

Phoenix Sun

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