It is said, that “the hand that gives, is the hand that receives”. This could be the reason why 23 year old Thabiso Chauke, at his age, has been so blessed. A mover and shaker, a young man with a vision from Amandasig, Pretoria has reached out his hands to a community in need.
Founder of the campaign called “100 shoes of school campaign”, Thabiso Chauke, together with his team, Lesego Mudau, Vanessa Mothoa and various Spokespersons from Governmental Departments have reached out to the community of Soweto, Orlando this past weekend.
In an interview with Nunnovation, Chauke shared insight on this campaign:
N: What is the 100 pairs of school shoes campaign all about and what drove you to start this initiative?
TC: The 100 pairs of school shoes campaign is one that encourages South Africans to donate two pairs of school shoes each from their own pockets. What drove me to start it was seeing a need to participate in my country as a citizen of South Africa, to help build society, to be part of restoring the dignity of the African child.
TC: This campaign was started around the end of August. We now have a team that consists of Spokesperson for Department of State Security Brian Dube, Spokesperson for Department of Justice and Correctional services Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga, Spokesperson for Department of Health Joe Maila, Spokespersons for Police, Musa Zondi , Deputy Director General for Communications in Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Harold Maloka and acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams. Together with my friends and colleagues from the Public Service Lesego Mudau and Vanessa Mothoa.
TC: We are currently in talks with people, looking at how we can take the project nationally and into other Provinces besides Gauteng.
Our past weekend went well, as we received over 200 Pairs of School Shoes from South Africans in all sectors of our country. These shoes were handed over to the beneficiaries of Ikageng, an organization that looks after orphans and vulnerable children, those infected and affected by HIV/Aids.
N: For those individuals and Organizations that would love to contribute to your campaign, how do they reach out and how do they reach you?
TC: We have a Facebook page: 100 Pairs of School Shoes Campaign, they can engage us on the page
We salute Thabiso for being a change maker, for doing what he can to create a better life for those less fortunate than himself, and sometimes innovations is just that, ideating inorder to make life a little more bearable for others.