For thousands of pupils across the country, having a pair of decent school shoes makes the commute to and from school more comfortable and classroom learning more dignified.

The Khuli Chana Foundation’s annual shoe drive will make this a reality for over 400 pupils in ensuring that the lack of school shoes does not get in the way of learning at primary schools across Gauteng and the North West.

“When students attend class in worn-out shoes or without any at all, their ability to enjoy learning is significantly reduced. This is especially true in the harsher winter when the bitter cold makes it difficult to concentrate in class and for long walks to school.” Our goal is to transform the lives of underprivileged students, one pair at a time, by providing them with all the tools necessary for success through the Shoe Drive, as stated by the foundation’s head, Khulane Morule better known as Khuli Chana.”

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The Khuli Chana Foundation started the #ExtraMile initiative in 2022 where they donated over a hundred 300 school uniforms to pupils in need between 2022 and 2023 in Gauteng and the North West provinces.

“We felt the urge to do more for the students this year which resulted in an expansion of donations through a strategic partnership with the Hollywood Foundation Back to School initiative, Radio presenter and club DJ, Lamiez Holworthy, and rapper Tokelo Moyakhe, known professionally as Maglera Doe Boy. to donate 400 school shoes to three schools. These primary schools included: Reahola Primary School & Kunanan Primary School in the North West and Hillside Primary School in Gauteng.

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The driving forces behind the project are Khuli Chana and the Hollywood Foundation Back to School initiative which band together to provide funds for the purchase of school shoes and other school materials, which are subsequently given to a few Gauteng and North West primary schools.

The foundation’s continued commitment to advancing education for the benefit of future leaders is demonstrated by this effort, among others.

“The Hollywood Foundation believes that education is the key to unlocking the full potential of our youth, and the ‘Back to School’ campaign is a testament to our commitment to empowering the next generation. Through the school supplies drive, we look forward to positively setting the academic scene by ensuring that each child is provided with uniform and stationery and to alleviate further the emotional stress weighing on parents, fostering a community where education is a beacon of hope and opportunity”, said Vuyisile Ngobese, Hollywood Foundation PR Officer.

According to Khuli Chana, education is still a crucial foundation pillar. “Establishing a strong educational basis initiates a path towards financial autonomy and inclusivity. Starting that journey with a pair of shoes can have a profound impact on a student’s life,” he continues. “Young people want to learn, and the truth is that they lack basic education supplies like school shoes in many sections of the nation,” adds Khuli Chana