Pupils step out in new shoes

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camp this week and win­ter sports near­ing.

Prin­ci­pal Sose An­nan­dale says it is yet an­other ex­am­ple of the com­mu­nity’s gen­eros­ity. She showed Kapi- Mana News pho­tos of chil­dren’s old, ho­ley shoes that some fam­i­lies could not af­ford to re­place.

‘‘Peo­ple want to be prac­ti­cal and not just throw money at us. Feed­ing and in­su­lat­ing our kids makes so much more sense and we’re so very, very grate­ful for this.

‘‘ It goes hand- in- hand with achieve­ment – it’s hard for our chil­dren to fo­cus at school if they’re hun­gry or their feet are cold and wet.’’

Church spokesman Si­mon Legg says when he learned of the con­di­tion of the kids’ footwear, he felt he had to do some­thing. He fundraised at his work (BNZ) and at the church.

He says New Bal­ance was ‘‘bril­liant’’ by charg­ing whole­sale prices and throw­ing in socks. The 160 pairs of run­ning shoes (30 have been put aside as spares) cost $4800. Mr Legg has plans to do the same for kids at Na­tone Park and an­other lo­cal school.

‘‘The idea is that with proper shoes they won’t get flus and colds, which ul­ti­mately costs our health sys­tem. You can’t beat see­ing the smiles on their faces as they open those boxes.’’

Smooth walker: Cor­nell Taafike had just one word for his new shoes – ‘‘cool’’ – and

his feet will now be toasty dur­ing the win­ter months.

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