TUT’s Student Leadership and Governance Development (SGLD) in collaboration with Corporate Affairs and Marketing, annually collects the shoes to make winter a bit more bearable for as many disadvantaged learners as possible.
According to Rebone Molefe, head of SGLD at the Soshanguve Campus, the wellbeing of the learners is close to their hearts, hence this is one of the directorate’s priority projects. “We encourage our staff members and anyone willing to donate, to give as many pairs of shoes as they can.”
“We are grateful for what TUT has done for us. The children are over the moon about their new shoes. A simple gesture like this goes a long way in boosting the children’s confidence and restore their hope in their own futures,” said one of the teachers, Thembi Themba.
Upon arrival at these schools, some of the learners were seen walking around barefoot in the freezing cold weather.
Carina Goosen, CEO of Ya Bana Village for Children, was overwhelmed by the gifts. “Most of the time when we receive donations, the children get used clothes. How can children value themselves if they always have to wear hand-me-downs?” she asked. “We are extremely grateful for TUT giving us brand new shoes. Apart from easing a great financial burden on us, it will boost the children’s self-esteem,” said Goosen.
The Tshwane University of Technology’s Winter Shoe Project was launched in 2014 and has, over the years, helped thousands of less fortunate learners to stay in school during the cold winter months.
Members of the public interested in becoming part of TUT’s 2018 Winter Shoe Project by donating shoes or making financial contributions to buy shoes, can contact:
Rebone Molefe on tel: 012 382 9239 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Elsie Mosehana on tel: 012 382 9169 or send an email to email@example.com.
For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology, please contact Willa de Ruyter on tel: 012 382 5352 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learners, staff and SGLD members sharing in the joy as the learners receive new shoes for the cold season.