Reddam House Constantia has participated in Barefoot Day for the past nine years after Leigh-Ann Matthews started the tradition, in 2011, with her friend, former Springbok rugby player Bobby Skinstad.
Leigh-Ann, a much-loved design teacher at Reddam, died tragically in 2017.
In keeping with the school motto “We Shall Give Back”, Reddam has again supported the many underprivileged children on its doorstep. For every R100 donated, the school will buy a new pair of school shoes for the children in their partner schools, Westlake Primary School, Emmanuel Educare Centre and Thembalethu School.
It is estimated that around
17 000 children in the Western Cape alone do not have school shoes to wear during winter.
To truly appreciate the discomfort that many South African children endure daily, pupils were invited to attend school barefoot on Tuesday March 12. They wore their normal school uniform but without shoes.
The school’s head of college, David Clark, thanked the Reddam families for their generosity in supplying more than 4 000 pairs of school shoes to children in the community.