908 Children step into the new school year with pride

At the handover of the shoeboxes to learners from St Mary’s School are Joanne Selby (General Manager at The Table Bay); Vuyelwa Mtina (teacher) and Ntomboxolo Roro (teacher), with some of the learners, Inathi Ngomani; Khanyo Joni; Sinazo Mxamli, and Mivuyo Koli.

908 Primary school children from previously disadvantaged communities will be wearing brand new school shoes when they start the 2019 school year thanks to The Table Bay. The children, from St Mary’s School in Philippi and Stephen Road Primary School in Lotus River, also received new school socks as part of their back-to-school shoeboxes from The Table Bay. Each shoebox is beautifully decorated by a Table Bay employee, with a special message, to make the gift more personal. “The Table Bay takes a special interest in Cape Town’s community life and tries to support projects that are focused on uplifting children and empowering communities through education. With the high cost of living, high unemployment and many families struggling to make ends meet, many children in poorer communities are forced to wear ill fitting, old shoes or none at all when they go to school. A lot of these children also walk considerable distances to get to school each day. Wearing poor fitting shoes is obviously not good for growing feet and can lead to a host of problems. Of course, to walk barefoot is uncomfortable, especially in extreme hot, cold or wet weather.

Joanne Selby (General Manager at The Table Bay) handed over the shoeboxes to teachers and learners from Stephen Road Primary School. With her are Mrs A. Jantjies (Head of the Foundation Phase) and Mrs R. Jacobs (Principal) with learners Caden Bothma; Meadow Watson; Doney Lakay; Donvito Draghoender and Aneeqha Damon.

“As we endeavour to assist the most marginalized in the communities in which we operate, we spent time talking to our own restaurant and housekeeping staff to understand where the biggest needs lie. That is how decided to focus this project on St Mary’s School and Stephen Road Primary School. We are pleased to be able to contribute to giving the learners a comfortable start to the new school year,” says General Manager, Joanne Selby.

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