Johannesburg. 6 February 2024. Tiger Brands delivered more than 1 000 pairs of school shoes to learners who are unable to afford them at eight schools across the Free State province. The shoes were donated by Tiger Brands employees under the company’s Tigers Care employee volunteer initiative.
The participating schools are beneficiaries of the Tiger Brands Foundation School Breakfast programme.
• Calendon Park Primary School - Ficksburg
• Kweetsa Primary School - Hennenman
• Masaleng Primary School - Ficksburg
• Mehopung Primary School – Ficksburg
• Meqheleng Primary School - Ficksburg
• Phomolong Primary School - Hennenman
• Qhowaneng Public Primary School - Ficksburg
• Seithati Primary School – Botshabelo
Millions of children in South Africa attend school without school shoes and this can have a negative impact on academic achievement with some children opting out of school as a result.
“Many of us take for granted the difference a pair of school shoes can make in the life of a child who ordinarily goes without. We hope to bring back pride and dignity to our children with a reliable and beautifully made pair of school shoes,” says Mary-Jane Morifi, Tiger Brands Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer.
Tiger Brands sourced the school shoes from MyWalk, a non-profit organisation that recycles non-contaminated PVC drip bags, oxygen masks and associated tubing to manufacture durable and fully recyclable school shoes.
Tiger Brands called on its employees to purchase as many pairs of school shoes as possible with the company matching the final number which was donated.
“At Tiger Brands, we actively encourage our employees to get involved in community projects which the company supports. This is always met with great excitement and willingness across the business,” says Morifi.
A further 1 000 school shoes will be donated to deserving children in the Limpopo province this February.
Issued by Tiger Brands