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Putting new shoes on feet… South African organization helping underprivileged kids get much needed shoes

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The Put Foot Foundation… gifting young, under-privileged children “Hope, Pride and Dignity” through a pair of brand new, quality school shoes!

 

The Put Foot Foundation are a volunteer based, proudly South African, Public Beneficiary Organisation (PBO) and Not-for-Profit Organisation (NPO) born out of the need to tackle the daily plight and indignity of children with no shoes.

They operate across the whole of South Africa, with particular focus on the less privileged and rural areas often overlooked by charities.

Founded by former Springbok Bob Skinstad, Put Foot Rally creator Daryn Hillhouse and winning digital communications agency owner Mike Sharman, the initiative focuses on three main objectives:

  • Providing thousands of school children who are so poor that their families cannot afford to buy them shoes.
  • Supporting efforts to protect endangered animals in South Africa such as the Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Leopard.
  • Making funds available to, and collaborating, with other section 18 PBOs working for the greater good of South Africa

Their main aim is getting much needed shoes on the feet of millions of children who go without every day.

Shoes are symbolic of pride and give confidence to young learners knowing that they can walk to school in comfort, as opposed to barefoot. Shoes are also a vital protection barrier between our children’s tiny soles and Africa’s rough and unforgiving terrain.

Their vision is to gift millions of children in South Africa, that have never owned a pair of shoes, with their first ever pair, and thus restore HOPE, PRIDE and DIGNITY in each of our country’s neediest learners.

“We believe that there is no greater experience, than providing our donors with the opportunity to experience the impact that their donations have made possible. That is why we invite and strongly encourage our donors to take part in the life-changing experience of gifting a brand new pair of school shoes to a young underprivileged child.”

Our very own Good Things Guy, Brent Lindeque, recently got to join the Put Foot Rally team on their Zambian leg of the tour to visit rural schools and give away much needed shoes to the kids of Zambia.

“The Put Foot Rally created the Put Foot Foundation to give back every year while traveling around Africa & I was lucky enough to be invited to come with them as they deliver shoes to underprivileged kids across South Africa, Namibia & Zambia.”

The shoes have an amazing story too as they have been engineered to grow with the kids feet and can last up to 5 years.

Those who can afford it, take shoes for granted… but these kids don’t have that choice and too see the joy they get from a simple act of kindness is to good not to share.

“Along the way I met Audrey, an 8 year old who had never owned a new pair of shoes. Every single piece of clothing she had ever worn was a hand-me-down or second-hand donation that had been given to her.”

“I got to give Audrey her first pair of new shoes ever.”

“She couldn’t contain herself. Fighting back the tears she smiled and told me that one day she would make enough money to give underprivileged kids, the things that she hasn’t been able to afford in her life.”

“I gave away a pair of shoes with the Put Foot Foundation and I think it changed my life.

Watch the video below:

For more information about the Put Foot Foundation click here.


Sources: Put Foot Foundation
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2 Comments

  1. Kim Jonson

    July 13, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Where can I touch base with this organisation. I’m in Johannesburg.

    • Mike

      July 13, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Kim – you can give me a shout – 0826486249 – cheers Mike

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