160 pairs of shoes col­lected for pupils

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - MPUMI KIVA

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.

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