AKOMANI busi­ness­man has em­barked on a drive to col­lect school shoes and socks for needy chil­dren in schools around the Chris Hani dis­trict.

Thando Ng’obo of Sal­im­isa Hold­ings, an en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment com­pany, has al­ready dis­trib­uted more than 1 000 pairs of school shoes since he started with the project.

Ng’obo said the idea was “planted in my heart” when he saw a child go­ing to school wear­ing mul­ti­ple pairs of socks as she did not have shoes.

“I tried to get more peo­ple on board but no one came along.

“I fig­ured I would start the project and use my own money. So far we have dis­trib­uted 1 087 pairs in­clud­ing 258 in El­liot while work­ing with mayor Siyab­ulela Nx­ozi and the rest in the schools around Mlungisi,” Ng’obo said.

He would like peo­ple to come on board by buy­ing shoes for chil­dren. He does not want any cash, but would rather that peo­ple in­vest time and money in buy­ing the shoes them­selves.

He said most of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were chil­dren, who re­ceived grants which were in turn mis­used by their par­ents.

His aim is to ex­pand the project into a men­tor­ship pro­gramme, which would in­clude vis­it­ing a child over the week­ends, to go through their school books, check their home­work and mo­ti­vate them to stay at school.

Call him on 072-159-9529.

The Rep would like to pledge its sup­port to the shoe col­lec­tion project. If you would like to con­trib­ute, please drop off school shoes at The Rep, 24 Prince Al­fred Street in Ko­mani and we will li­aise with Thando.

BLESSED IS THE HAND: Thando Ng’obo of Sal­im­isa Hold­ings has do­nated 1 087 pairs of school shoes and socks to the des­ti­tute around the Chris Hani dis­trict

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