Pupils step out in new shoes
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.