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Kids receive gift of dignity


Children from a neighbourhood that is regarded as ‘the pocket of poverty’ in East London, received brand-new pairs of much-needed school shoes as a gift from the founder of the Peggy Nesta Foundation, Dr Gaster Sharpley.


One hundred Grade 2 Pefferville Primary school children beamed from ear to ear when they saw shoe boxes with their names on them. Most of the children were wearing torn shoes, some wearing sneakers, the only pair of shoes they own.


The shoes were given to the school as a 50th Birthday gift to Dr Gaster Sharpley from friends and family at his request, during his birthday in early August.


Dr Sharpley is a former Buffalo City municipal manager and head of department for the EC’s department of Human Settlements. He started the Foundation in memory to his mother who was a humanitarian.

“Thank you to family and friends for 104 pairs of feet that carry the young hopes and dreams of our future,” said Dr Sharpley.


Mason Mackay, the school principal showed gratitude to the Foundation, adding that they assist him in many areas of need, including a feeding scheme they started for the school. In fact, the Foundation was launched at the school. “My school services an area where unemployment is at its highest. Most children live in shacks and it has been like this since the 1960s when I was growing up on these dusty streets. This is not an easy condition for my 1 333 learners, so besides education, the school has come to have way more responsibility,” said Mackay.

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