160 pairs of shoes collected for pupils
DURING the festive season a young man in George spent all his time encouraging people to donate shoes for pupils who are forced to go to school barefoot.
Since November last year, Anele Ngoyo has collected more than 160 pairs of black school shoes through his Kaalvoet Mzantsi initiative. He hopes to reach a target of 400 before the start of the school year.
The shoes will be distributed to needy pupils at eight primary and high schools in George and its surrounds.
Ngoyo is thankful for the shoes people have donated, and hopes to recruit helpers to Kaalvoet Mzantsi to spur the growth of the initiative.
He regularly takes a trolley to the Garden Route Mall and other centres around George, where he urges members of the public to support his cause. “When schools reopen we see children coming to school with worn takkies and barefoot.
“Some drop out because they are mocked by their peers and develop a feeling of inferiority,” he said.
Ngoyo has faith that the children who benefit from his initiative will go on to be doctors, accountants, lawyers and nurses... maybe even presidents.
Magareth Thomson, 67, a grandmother from the suburb of Conville in George, received shoes from Ngoyo for her two granddaughters in 2018. “l survive on an old-age pension and the money is not enough to look after my grandchildren. Their mother died. I wish God could bless this young man for all the good work he is doing for this community.”
People who want to donate shoes can contact Ngoyo at 062 894 4744.