The NCCF and the One Time Shoe Shine Project

| 3 July 2012

It was a Sunday morning with a difference at Nashua Limited on 1 July, when 62 young boys arrived from 8 of the charities assisted by The Nashua Children’s Charities Foundation, to be mentored and trained by the Miracle Drive project, a Jewish educational welfare organization that has implemented a job creation programme with the ultimate aim of giving these young boys a brighter future and to help them get a life.

It is hoped that the One Time Shoe Shine initiative will give these youngsters the opportunity to earn their own income and so prepare for an otherwise bleak future when they complete their schooling, some of whom have already done so and have no job opportunities because of lack of tertiary education, something that they could never afford, but might now be able to.

Not only did each boy receive a One Time kit valued at R500.00 each, full training and advice from a current “shoe shiner”, but they will each have a Standard Bank account opened in their name with a tiny start up savings amount to set them on the right path. Rabbi Masinter addressed the group with a very positive message, encouraging them to move forward in life and never to look back, and this was followed by a message of encouragement from Standard Bank. The boys were then treated to refreshments generously donated by Wanda, who came in especially to open theNashuacanteen to prepare the eats and drinks. Thanks go to Mandy for her donation of Moo-z kosher snacks for the rest of the hard workingMiracle Driveteam.

The behind the scenes effort from PR Worx ensured a media presence as well as a radio interview with Helen Fraser from the NCCF on Friday. The NCCF nevertheless thanks all who assisted and as we closely follow the progress of the boys, we hope that they will soon be earning interest on their Standard Bank accounts, and hope that this day has made a difference in their lives.