The journey to distributing school shoes to 20 000 children in need across South Africa is in full swing. The #KrushGoodness project recently saw actress Thembi Seete and the Krush Goodness Krew visiting Moriting Primary School in Limpopo this week, where over 1000 learners received a brand new pair of Smart Steps school shoes as part of the project.
20 schools that received the most nominations by the public will be visited over the next few weeks by the Krush Goodness Krew, including: Connie Ferguson, Zenande Mfenyane, Dineo Ranaka, Lalla Hirayama, Letshego Zulu, Rami Chuene, Ayanda Thabethe, Leanne Manas, Brent “Good Things Guy” Lindeque, Shona Ferguson and Heather Hook.
According to Stats SA, approximately 70% of learners walk to school every day, many of whom walk barefoot or with damaged shoes. The #KrushGoodness project will make a sustainable difference in the lives of 20 000 learners across South Africa, giving them the confidence to conquer the world one step at a time.
Thembi Seete opens up about her visit to Moriting Primary School:
What drew you to participate in the #KrushGoodness project?
I was drawn to the social responsibility that is carried out by this initiative. I believe our young ones, now more than ever, deserve impactful mentorship that is beneficial to their individual paths. I am truly honoured to be involved with this project.
What were you most looking forward to about visiting Moriting Primary School with the Krush Goodness Krew?
I was looking forward to the rush, the energy, and the spirit of love that would shape the direction of the day. It was amazing to engage with the kids through motivation and taking them through my personal journey.
What, for you, is the biggest importance of helping our communities and children in particular?
Children are honestly the pioneers of tomorrow. The #KrushGoodness project paves a way for us guardians to serve as the rightful point of reference, where we can educate and encourage our kids about the importance of staying in school and completing school. I highly believe that school is the best platform there is to cultivate the skills and aspirations of our youth.
Are you involved with any other community or CSI initiatives personally?
Yes, I am currently partnered with Reach4Adream who focuses on helping children who face unforeseen circumstances (such as chronic diseases) reach their dreams.
Do you remember any encounters with a local celebrity when you were younger? What memory sticks out the most for you and why?
My first encounter with the late “Ma Brr ” (Brenda Fassie) has to be one of my most treasured celebrity encounters. She just had a way with people. She shared herself with others and gave her time generously. When I was 12 years old she gave me her full attention. I remember looking straight into her eyes as she held tightly to my face and said “You are going to be one of the BIGGEST super stars one day. You are a beautiful young girl with so much glow, but you have to finish school first”. I remember just jumping on her after those words. That is who she was, she was love. Years after that Boom Shaka happened and today I am thankful for her words because I am still living in what she said.
What is the one piece of advice you have for young fans of yours?
Always stay hungry. Isolation, laziness or staying indoors will not get you to where hard work and taking the risk will. As the saying goes: “hard work pays”. I can truly attest to this as I have seen it in my own life. It is only when we go for what we want, put in the extra effort, feed into our dreams and work vigorously towards our goals, that things start to happen. One day it will all pay off.
What does the rest of 2019 hold for you?
At the start of 2018 I declared that it would be an eventful year and indeed it was such an eventful year. A year of so many blessings and cherish able moments. Again, I speak the same words into 2019. It is going to be an eventful year. Each month will come with something amazing. I am speaking it into existence.
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