Dozens of excited pupils from Chivirikani Primary School in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni, received free shoes made from used hospital drip bags this week, thanks to Adcock Ingram and Netcare’s shoe project, My Walk Made with Soul.
“It’s as if we were pregnant for 24 months with this idea and today, we finally give birth”, Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba, director of transformation at Netcare.
Chivirikani Primary School is the first school to receive a donation of 1 300 school shoes made from used non-hazardous PVC drip bags, oxygen masks and associated tubing from Netcare hospitals .
This through an innovative partnership between Netcare and Adcock Ingram Critical Care, where they have come up with a way to make school shoes while recycling.
According to My Walk Made with Soul, 20 drip bags make 1 pair of school shoes.
The project started over a year ago, where the shoes were tried and tested at 3 schools to see if they will have any health implications because they were made from plastic.
Chivirikani School principal, Christopher Maluleke, has thanked My Walk, saying this will make a vast difference in the school as many children have been without school shoes.
At the launch, Grade 2 pupils were given the first few pairs donated to the school, with the children beaming with excitement as they walked to the stage to collect their shoes.
The academic year can be financially draining for most parents and guardians, with many unable to provide basic needs for their children throughout the year.
However, in an effort to assist struggling parents, this year over 25 000 school children will receive a pair of school shoes in Mzansi.
Netcare and Adcock Ingram Critical Care have also launched a newly built kitchen at Chivirikani Primary School.
“The department of education loves partnerships because we are not able to help every learner or every school”, says Department of Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.
Mhlanga says they are not only tackling one issue, they are also tackling the issue of nutrition in the school.
The kitchen is important to the school as the children receive meals on a daily.
A new fridge, stove, microwave and plates and cutlery have been also been donated.
Mhlanga toured the kitchen, thanking the team for a job well done.
- INSIDE EDUCATION