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Entities donate shoes, sanitary pads to school

Deloitte and Tshepo Lesedi Learning Academy donated shoes and sanitary towels to a needy primary school.

Tsakani – The Mega Primary School learners received 50 pairs of shoes and sanitary towels from Deloitte and Tshepo Lesedi Learning Academy on May 14.

Mzwakhe Mfeka, the Deloitte audit manager, said the company dedicates Tuesdays as their voluntary day to make an impact by donating to schools in need, and it is an annual initiative.

“Annually, we establish a school and give out donations as an initiative that lends a helping hand in our communities. This initiative forms part of reaching out and empowering the community.

“During our visit to various schools, we identified the need to help learners from underprivileged backgrounds by donating school shoes and sanitary towels,” added Mfeka.

Tshepo Lesedi principal Smangele Maleswena said unemployment means many parents cannot afford to provide for their children’s school needs.

“During my service as a formal district official in this circuit, I realised that the children going to schools around this area come from broken backgrounds. It is even more painful because some affected learners must walk long distances to school with torn shoes or sometimes barefoot.

“Our goal as Tshepo Lesedi has always been to make a difference in a child’s life by sponsoring a pair of school shoes, a school uniform or sanitary towels to make their school journey bearable and confident.

“Today was a dream come true for us. The opportunity we received from Deloitte by partnering with us to make sanitary donations takes us a step closer to making a difference in a child’s life,” said Maleswane.

The parties donating to the school shared their past experiences with the learners to motivate them. Mega Primary School principal Bheki Mngomezulu said initiatives that offer learners a platform to speak, empower them and give them hope for a better future.

“I love it when our guest speakers speak about their experiences and challenges they have faced. These motivational conversations provide light and give our learners a sense of realisation that they can change their backgrounds and make something out of their lives.

“I am thankful for the donations received. They certainly will make a difference and contribute immensely to our learners’ confidence,” said Mngomezulu.

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