School shoes for Parkfields Primary School

When children come to the museum wearing school uniform, it isn’t always easy to see how under-resourced some of them are. But their school shoes often tell the story. Therefore, the SAJM does an annual school shoe drive at the end of the year (Thank you, Herzlia Highlands). 

However, the Grade 7s from Parkfields Primary School in Hanover Park came to visit in the heart of winter, and we noticed many children wearing broken school shoes or takkies. 

We asked Rabbi Feldman from the Gardens Shul to help us fundraise for new shoes for the children. He was onto it like a flash with the idea of a soccer tournament between the shuls from the Rabbinical Association of the Western Cape (RAWC). He enlisted the aid of shul member, Lindsay Sterne, who organised a fabulous Sunday tournament in a matter of two weeks. The rabbis rallied their teams, great fun was had, and money was raised.

On 31 August we went to visit the Parkfields Grade 7s and Grade 3s. Rabbi Feldman chatted and sang with the kids, and we all celebrated with the kids who were receiving their new shoes. Parting words from their teacher, Mr Eric van der Byl, were, “The singing rabbi was a hit!”

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraiser. We look forward to doing ever more to build bridges between communities.

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