The “Walk with a Purpose” shoe donation initiative was officially launched on the 27th of October 2016 at the Imibala Art Gallery in Somerset West. The Mission “Walk with a Purpose” is all about changing young lives, children’s lives, who start their school year with bare feet in many parts of the Western Cape. The drive involves donating a pair of school shoes or takkies to the ones that cannot afford it.

The project, which is driven by the GraySwan Charitable Trust, has the following goals:

  • Launch awareness of one of life’s most basic necessities, a pair of school shoes and encouraging children to join the global trend of donating their year-end shoes.
  • To work together as a community and encourage teamwork and teach principles of sharing, giving and nurturing relationships. At the end of the 2016 school year, shoes will be collected from the Beaumont, Curro Sitari, Somerset College, Somerset House and Reddam schools.
  • The shoes will be distributed to the Kayamandi, Macassar, Sir Lowry’s Primary Schools. In return, these receiving schools will be participating in a competition each year. In July this year the children had to make shoes from recycled material and the winners won some cash prizes.
  • Corporate sponsors will be approached to donate money for every pair of shoes collected. The funds will be used to assist the receiving schools with various priorities for example sporting equipment, libraries and storage facilities.

“DON’T JUDGE A MAN, UNTIL YOU’VE WALKED A MILE IN HIS SHOES.”

We would sincerely like to thank every school, donor, volunteer and supporter who has taken the first steps to be involved in this worthy initiative. Without your support we would not have been able to have kicked off this project on such a high note. We have already been able to raise in excess of a R120,000 on the launch night, which is only the beginning! These funds will be utilised at the beginning of 2017 to assist the receiving schools and we will communicate with all participants how their contribution made a difference.

We challenge schools, pupils and parents in the Western Cape to participate in the drive to donate school shoes at the end of the 2016 school year. Over time, we wish to include other provinces.
Please partner with us in sharing hope, pride and dignity.

Kind regards,

Trustees and volunteers of the GraySwan Charitable Trust