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Crew donates 150 pairs of school shoes

They started contributing and saving money on a monthly basis, which enables them to make a difference in the community.

A total of 150 primary school learners will now walk to school with pride and dignity, following the Sisonke Crew’s tremendous school shoe donation. This crew is a group of young men, mostly from Spy, as the hood is better known, who donated 150 pairs of shoes to learners at three primary schools in the Pienaar area last Friday.

“We wanted to make a difference after seeing many of these children walking to school barefoot or with torn sneakers. This touched us as members of the Sisonke Crew and we decided to become involved and make a change,” said Zweli Ndlovu, the crew’s chairperson. The worthy beneficiaries were learners from Mthofi, Prince HR and Vukasambe primary schools.

“We divided the shoes into 50 pairs per school and we are happy that all the children who received them, were really deserving. We would like to applaud all the schools and teachers for identifying them. We would also like to acknowledge all our donors or sponsors who supported this initiative,” added Ndlovu. “We embarked on a drive for donations from the public. We asked them to buy just one pair of shoes, and the response was overwhelming. This is after we had asked for the lists and sizes from the targeted schools,” he explained.

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They also used their own savings from their stokvel account and bought the much needed shoes. Established in 2017, the Sisonke Crew was initially started by these young men as just a VW Polo club, but as time went by, they saw the need to help their communities.

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They started contributing and saving money on a monthly basis, which enables them to make a difference in the community. During winter, this crew donates blankets and warm clothes to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In August and September they donate sanitary pads, and in December they distribute food parcels to some families and toys to the children.

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