VERULAM – Tomorrow, just two days before the country celebrates National Youth Day, winter for 65 school-going children will be made a little easier when a company known as Parabellum Safety Gear together with MegaZone Media visit them on the school’s campus in Verulam to hand out 65 pairs of school shoes.
Just under 10 percent of the pupils at Redcliff Primary School in Verulam have been struggling without proper school shoes since the beginning of the 2016 academic school year. This came to light when DurbanZone magazine covered a school news story about a good Samaratian, named Shaun Padachie, who visited the pupils of the school, in one particular class, to spoil them for a Friday with a packet of Doritos; a first-time taste for many from under priviledged backgrounds. Upon publishing the story, a number of DurbanZone readers brought to the editing team’s notice that the children in the picture were without shoes. One reader in particular contacted DurbanZone to ask if she could purchase a pair of shoes for one of the children whom she saw in the picture, and the journalists put her intouch with the teacher of the class.
But the DurbanZone team were left unsettled by what they discovered and upon investigations, found out that the final total of pupils without shoes, was at 65. It was then that the team worked to secure a sponsor for the shoes for the children, offering them as much coverage as they required as an incentive. Sales executive, Sebastian Pillay, was particularly touched by the story of the children without shoes and worked around the clock to secure a sponsor.
It was the good people from Parabellum Safety Gear that stepped up to the plate and answered Sebastians pleas to help the needy pupils. But the large conglomerate had asked to do so with minimal coverage on the sponsorship. “We do not want big coverage on this as it was purely out of good intentions,” a representative said.
Meanwhile, the delivery of the new shoes took place at the MegaZone Media offices and the school pupils have been informed that something special is awaiting them on Tuesday morning. “They are extremely excited for this,” teacher Jessica Moodley said. “It is a gesture that will go a long way for them.”
The DurbanZone team will be out there in full force to document the joy and festivity of this occasion. Watch this space.