Deputy Mayor Wild Ndipo on Tuesday (March 15, 2016) launched the distribution of shoes to needy pupils which were donated by pupils from the privileged private schools under the Mayor’s Festive Shoesday Tuesday Initiative.
The Council implemented the initiative in partnership with eventsPlus Limited, a privately owned company that offered free services as a social corporate responsibility.
Speaking at Mbayani Primary School, Ndipo commended the generosity the students from the privileged schools and Bata Shoe Company demonstrated in donating thousands of pairs of shoes to the less privileged.
“The donations will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the less privileged children who endure bad weather walking to school barefoot,” said Ndipo.
The deputy mayor added that it is good to teach children the habit of sharing because they will grow up good citizens who will help others in time of need.
Head Teacher for Mbayani Primary School, Beyadi Sailesi, thanked the Mayor for the initiative on behalf of all recipients, saying the shoes will motivate pupils to work hard in class.
Cathie Mukadiwa Matura of eventsPlus Limited said the idea to come up with the initiative was hatched after recognizing the challenges less privileged students face.
The distributed items, which included pairs of shoes, clothes, exercise books and soap (bathing and washing) were collected last year from Nyasa Junior Academy, SouthEnd Primary School, SouthEnd Secondary School, Hillview School, St Andrews International Primary school and St Andrews International High School, Phoenix School, Central High School, Blantyre Baptist Academy, Kalibu Academy, Bata Shoe Company and Candlex Limited
The items have been distributed to all the 23 wards in the City.