I was very fortunate to witness happiness being broadcast from so many children’s faces this morning!
All 595 children attending Sedgefield Primer School in Smutsville, Knysna, were given a pair of TOMS shoes this morning.
The story began when Intrust Risk Management, a local company offering services nationally, wished to extend their social responsibility program. Sean Norris, a company founder, realised that there was a great need for shoes for the local children so he made an appeal on Facebook. Serendipitously, Rita Strydom, from the Jeffrey’s Bay Rotary Club, had recently been appointed to distribute 10 000 pairs of TOMS shoes to the needy. Consequently, with help from Intrust Risk Management, Sedgefield Primer became the 10th school, under her watch, to receive these useful presents.
All there witnessed how grateful and excited the recipients were!
TOMS is an incredible project that has so far given away 45-million shoes! And you’ll discover that they’re achieving more than that if you watch this 1-minute video:
These photos are of the lucky, Grade R students.
Rita said that she was “amazed by TOMS” as they have told her that “this will be an ongoing project”.
Let’s hope that the greater Knysna, with its huge unemployment and consequent social problems, will benefit in the future too.
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