Making every step count

All adds up with accountant group’s school shoes drive

GOING THE EXTRA MILE: The Border-Kei region of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) raised more than R30000 and bought school and sports shoes for children in the region Picture: THANDEKA NTLONTI

BORDER-KEI District Association of Chartered Accountants (Saica BKDA) stepped out and made a difference to pupils’ lives at Mzamowethu Primary School in Gonubie.

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) in the Border-Kei region challenged themselves to donate one pair of school shoes for the “One Day Without School Shoes” initiative.

“We had an overwhelming response and between the committee and Saica Southern Region and the individual members, we managed to raise in excess of R30000,” KPMG director Marileen de Wet said.

The money raised was used to buy new school shoes for 59 underprivileged children from Mzamowethu Primary School.

They also provided 17 children from the Daily Bread Children’s Home with new sports shoes, as well as second-hand shoes, which were collected through the initiative.

With the remaining funds they will be supporting one more school with shoes during the third term.

Saica Eastern Cape project manager and transformation officer Bulelani Magajana encouraged some of the high school pupils from Mzamowethu to work hard and do well in their exams.

He also informed them of the Thuthuka Bursary Fund offered by Saica for students who want to study towards chartered accountancy.

The principal of the school, Mxolisi Mgqibelo, extended his gratitude to Saica and said that some of his pupils would be going to the camp hosted by Saica next week.

Saica BKDA’s deputy chairman said they needed to find something towards a sustainable course and to help young kids identify with chartered accountancy.

“We wanted to start with the impoverished and disadvantaged children and with the shoe project we knew that it would be something that they will remember for the rest of their lives,” he said.


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