About five thousand pairs of shoes were collected in initiatives promoted by the organization Helpo to be distributed to children and young people in need in Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe, said the organization of the project.
“Up to now, and with more boxes to collect, 5,000 thousand pairs of footwear (tennis shoes, open shoes and espadrilles – size 25 to 45) have been collected,” said the organizers of the event, which Partnership with Green Comunicação.
According to the organization, which wants to fight against school failure, which contributes to the lack of footwear for children and young people who need to walk kilometers to the Reach the places of education.
The fundraising began in August, with collections in companies and also in the 6th Solidary International Helpo Race, held last October 16 in Jamor.
Athletes Francis Obikwelu (athletics Sporting), Dulce Félix (athletics Benfica), Carlos Andrade (basketball Benfica) and Gerso Fernandes (football Belenenses) delivered footwear for the initiative.
The ambassador of the 6th International Solidarity Race Helpo, the Olympic athlete Patricia Mamona, will be present in the first delivery of the collection to a group of children in need on October 30, at the Solidarity Race Helpo, in Maputo.
“I was very happy to be invited to participate in this initiative.In addition to the distribution of footwear, we will have activities with children, and also a way to promote sport among the younger ones, “said Lusa Patrícia Mamona.
All other pairs of shoes will continue to the north of Mozambique, in the regions of Nampula and Cabo Delgado.
Sao Tome and Principe have already followed two boxes full of shoes, the organization said.
Associação Helpo is a non-governmental non-profit development organization that has been active since 2008 in Portugal, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe, to promote development through investment in education as a means of improving the quality of life Of the children, as well as of the societies where they are inserted.
Chaired by António Perez Metelo, Helpo develops its projects in 38 communities, mostly rural, in the areas of education, nutrition and health education, with the main source of funding being the Program for Sponsoring Children at a Distance, which reaches more Of 16 thousand young people.