The City of Johannesburg’s Sports and Recreation under Community Development in partnership with Spar distributed Bata school shoes to Orange Grove Primary School pupils on Tuesday, 1 August.
This was part of Spar’s heartwarming donation drive to celebrate Mandela Month and beyond. This noble endeavour aims to bring joy and comfort to underprivileged children by providing them with brand-new pairs of school shoes.
The MMC of Community Development in the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Lubalalo Magwentshu, the Executive Director of Community Development, Vincent Campbell, and Spar representatives, along with officials from the City of Johannesburg and teachers distributed the shoes to the pupils.
The City of Johannesburg and Spar collectively aspire to distribute 10 000 shoes throughout the project, making a meaningful difference in the lives of countless children and empowering them as they step confidently into a brighter future.
“Community Development is a core component of social work. It deals with, among other, social justice and ensuring equal opportunities for communities that are disadvantaged, ” shared MMC Magwentshu.
“We need to make sure the ground is level for everyone to access opportunities and prosper in the future. The partnership with Spar is a significant one because it speaks to private partnerships the City needs to accelerate service delivery to our communities by ensuring that underprivileged children are taken care of when it comes to school shoes. “We thank Spar for this generous donation and we aim to take the partnership further so we can reach more communities in need,” said MMC Magwentshu.
Campell also added that the city’s developmental goals are realised through such initiatives. The wish is that all communities are reached and impacted through projects such as the Spar School Shoes donation.
The schools in regions that have been visited so far for the shoes distribution are Region B, Region E and Region F, the Sports and Recreation together with the Community Development MMC and Spar will be making their way to underprivileged schools in Region A, F, C and G.