No shoes and silly ‘sox’

By Jeannie Habig

What a difference a day makes!

Ashton International College received an e-mail invitation earlier this year to participate in the ‘A Day without Shoes’ outreach initiative. Excited Ashton students arrived at school on the appointed day without their shoes, which they had been invited to donate. Initially the goal was to collect at least 650 pairs of shoes.

The response was overwhelming as all our students from the Ashlings Early Learning Centre (Grade 000-Grade R) to the Matrics took up the challenge and donated sports shoes, smart shoes, sandals, school shoes, slippers and slops. Each class proudly brought their footwear and packed them around the fountain in the Ashton garden.

Circles and circles of shoes – what a display! The shoes were then collected by the North Coast Courier Orphan Fund and St Vincent’s and Shakashead Ministries for distribution to various organisations. “We were extremely proud of our students who so willingly participated in this initiative, contributing to those less fortunate in our community,” said Joe Erasmus, Executive Head of Ashton.

“The generosity of our parent body and the enthusiasm of our students surpassed our expectations as 983 pairs of shoes were collected,” he added. This was not enough! With winter approaching, the Ashlings took the opportunity to put socks onto the feet of children from Siyazana Crèche and Sizani School, and had a ‘Silly Sox’ day. Each child decorated an old pair of socks to wear to school, and donated a new pair of socks to be given away. The new socks were pegged onto a washing line so that we could all see how many we had collected. Reverend Roy Govender of the Umhlali Methodist Church was invited to enjoy a morning of song, and the new socks were then handed over for distribution.  Jeannie Habig is the Marketing Manager at Ashton International College, in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal.

Filed Under: Summer 2011

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