Pair’s 300km walk for school shoes

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EL heroes raise funds for needy

BIG WALKERS: Lelethu Tukuvana and Songezo Koli did a 300km walk to raise funds to buy school shoes and uniform for underprivileged children. Before the 300km walk, Tukuvana, left, and Koli, right, met up with Steve and Mary Sanfilippo, director of the Uniform Project Picture: SUPPLIED

TWO East London heroes embarked on a 300km walk in a bid to raise money for school shoes.

The two men, Lelethu Tukuvana and Songezo Koli, started their walk on October 30 and finished it on Friday November 3.

Last year, Tukuvana started collecting school shoes for children whose families cannot afford them. This year he collaborated with Uniform Project, an initiative which focuses on providing all uniform items as well as sanitary pads to underprivileged schools.

Tukuvana and Koli are members of the organisation “Friends of Chintsa” and they decided to challenge themselves and be brave enough to walk 300km. The “Walking for School Shoes” walk started at the Crossways SPAR north to Butterworth, east to Kei Mouth and south to finish at the Friends of Chintsa office in Chintsa East.

“With the money raised from our walk, we will be able to buy school shoes for those children that do not have and who go to school barefoot,” Tukuvana said.

The money was donated to the walkers by local business and individuals. The Walking for School Shoes and Uniform Project initiative is one that hits home for Tukuvana.

While growing up on a farm, he too had no school shoes. He would go to school barefoot and in shorts, even in the winter season. “This year alone we have managed to donate close to 1200 pairs of school shoes to underprivileged children.”

Tukuvane believes no child should be without proper school uniform as this will affect the child’s confidence and self-esteem, which will lead to the child skipping school.

If anyone would like to assist and help with donations, they can do so by donating through GivenGain by clicking on the donate button on the top right corner of their Facebook page.

The GivenGain Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Switzerland and manages all donations made to projects listed on GivenGain.

You can also pay directly into their Nedbank account, Account name: Friends of Chintsa, Account number: 1206076925, Branch code: 12062100, Branch: Vincent Park, East London, Account type: Current Account.

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