Wednesday, 18 November 2009

New shoes for local learners, thanks to Student Affairs


In a bid to make a difference in poor communities in the Western Cape, the Department of Students Affairs supplied shoes to more than 600 needy children.

With the help of Crocs shoe manufacturers, the department was able to supply 690 pairs of Crocs to learners at Kalksteenfontein Primary and two local charity organisations.

The donation from the shoe manufacturer totaled R207 000.

Principal at the school, Jeff Arendse, said the learners were “over the moon” with the donation.

“Our learners were so excited when I called them out to take receipt of their Crocs. They were really happy to get it because they seldom receive anything,” he said.

Arendse said many do not have shoes and will now be able to wear the Crocs to school.

The Department of Students Affairs has been working closely with Kalksteenfontein for the last eight years.

Arendse said they treasure the relationship with CPUT and its staff members who have contributed to the school.

“Thanks to all of them who have given so much of theelves to make a difference here at our school,” he said.

Student Development Officer, Annette Grobler, said the department has assisted the school with obtaining a container that is currently used as a library.

The department also ran a soup kitchen, organised hikes for females learners, sponsored books, completed maintenance work at the school and hosted a women’s day event for mothers in the Kalksteenfontein community

Photograph: Students at Kalksteenfontein Primary who received shoes with the help of CPUT

Written by CPUT News