St Stephen’s School in Carramar and Duncraig collecting pre-loved shoes for children in South Africa

St Stephen’s School staff Natalie Everett and Adam Merrifield and Year 10 students Shanii Forrest and Emma Cooke are leading the Boot Drive.
St Stephen’s School staff Natalie Everett and Adam Merrifield and Year 10 students Shanii Forrest and Emma Cooke are leading the Boot Drive.

ST Stephen’s School is putting its best foot forward to help children in South Africa.

The Carramar and Duncraig campuses collected old sneakers and boots for students and staff to take on their service trip in April.

The trip will be the school’s fourth visit, taking in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth where partnerships have been established with Capetown United Football Club, Sinethemba Homeless Shelter and JJ Haven for vulnerable children.

Shoes collected from the Boot Drive will be donated to these partners and children at Mokone Primary School in the Cape Town township of Llanga.

“The South Africa Global Service Tour gives our students and staff the opportunity to experience various ways of life from around the world and, where they can, make a difference to children who have been left orphaned or homeless,” principal Donella Beare said.

“Whether that be through a simple donation of shoes, which is something we often take for granted, the students also help to update buildings and shelters on the trip and run sports clinics with the children, which brings them much joy.

“The tour group is hoping to beat last year’s donation of 300 pairs of shoes so we’re calling on the community to check their wardrobes and see if they have any much-loved sneakers or boots that might need a new home.”

Pre-loved sneakers and boots can be dropped off at the reception areas of St Stephen’s School’s Carramar and Duncraig campuses until March 20.