From left: Themba Hani, Luvuyo Bangazi of BoomtownStrategic Brand Agency, Nicole Klokow of the Nelson Mandela Bay BusinessChamber, Executive Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, Kevin Hustler of the Nelson MandelaBay Business Chamber, Alan Barr of KPMG, and Councillor Magopeni Front: Reverend Zweli Tom, Councillor Kivedo. (picture supplied)
Nine hundred children in the province will have the comfort of shoes this winter, thanks to the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.
The chamber this week handed over 900 pairs of shoes to the metro's executive mayor. The business chamber's Top 40 Under 40 2011 achievers observed the initiative One Day Without Shoes, a global campaign that encourages people around the world to go barefoot for a day to understand what those who cannot afford shoes go through, and to donate shoes to those in need.
The business achievers encouraged other businessmen and women in Nelson Mandela Bay to follow suit.
Last week barefooted business people in suits and ties were a common sight as they took up the challenge.
The Top 40 Under 40 achievers drove the initiative in their own companies, going barefoot and collecting shoes in support of the metro's education task team.
Kevin Hustler, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, said companies that took part in the community initiative demonstrated the proactive and passionate side of business.
"Together, the public and private sector can work to build sustainable communities. "Business and the metro are social partners, and the companies involved have acted as true ambassadors for the city," said Hustler.
The sheer number of donations enabled the chamber to donate a generous number of shoes and clothing to the Ray Mhlaba Centre and to Community Chest in addition to the 900 pairs of shoes handed over to the mayor.
Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile said it was "heartwarming" to witness the human solidarity among the people of the region.
"The municipality is willing to work alongside local businesses on the vision for the city's future.
These young business people are all ambassadors of human solidarity," said Wayile. The shoes are being distributed between the metro's education task team, the Ray Mhlaba Centre and the Community Chest.