Yes, 2015 is well underway and Santa Shoebox Project 2015 is already busy planning strategies for bringing joy to those who need it most.
You will remember that during our 2014 campaign you, as donor, had the option to purchase a rain poncho for a child. This is part of the 2014 SSB Pipeline programme, which aims to provide rural children with a rain poncho to keep them dry, healthy and in school.
Many of the shoebox donors contributed to this project too, and for that we are very grateful. According to sources at SSB head office, we have already received enough funds for 300 poncho’s!
As you can imagine there are many thousands of youngsters out there that, during the rainy season, have to slosh through downpours and mud for kilometers just to get to school. Many of these little ones get sick, because they have no means to stay dry and this, in turn, means that they lose precious days in school due to illness. In addition to this, consider the lack of healthcare and proper medicine in the rural areas, not to mention the fact that these children have no nice, warm homes and clothes or healthy food to eat. They, more often than not, live in tiny shacks without electric
y or plumbing, with their unemployed parents and siblings. Remember, Santa comes but once a year, and, although that one filled shoebox brings so much joy and fulfillment it remains only ONE box for ONE child. The box will not keep him dry and healthy….or warm and fed. Hence this initiative, which will contribute to keeping the children of South Africa educated by keeping them dry. By purchasing a rain poncho, you will actually be doing your share to secure the future of our country; you will be ensuring education (#1), avoiding disease (#2), creating awareness (#3) and laying the foundation for a culture of caring in today’s children – the leaders of tomorrow (#4) ….so PLEASE consider purchasing one NOW for just R 200-00.
Proudly made in South Africa, the specifications of the rain poncho’s are:
- Printable, water-proof fabric, in dark green or blue
- Sealed stitching
- One full-colour print of the SSB logo
- Extra length in the back to accommodate a backpack
- Reaches below the knees
- Visor in hood
- Draw-string in neck (no zip)
- Reflective tape in compliance with industry safety standards
- Reflective colour panelling for daytime visibility
- No sleeves – hand ”apertures” with flaps to seal
- Storage baggie attached inside poncho with a carabiner
This year the rain poncho’s will be delivered to farm schools around the Swartland area at the beginning of the second term, just before the winter rainfall sets in.
The Santa Shoebox team thanks you for your loyal support! Without our volunteers, donors and sponsors the work would be futile.
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