THESE two friends organise events to raise money to buy stationary for poor kids.

Letlhogonolo Moalusi (22) and Andrise Mojela (26) use their Open Door events company in Alexandra, Joburg, to make life easier for pupils in rural areas of North West.

Letlhogonolo said every year, they organised the Help a Child walking event to make money for school materials.

“We target less fortunate children identified by principals of rural schools in North West,” he said.

Letlhogonolo said he came up with the idea after he saw the work of Alex Music Festival organiser Bheki Mahlangu, who donates wheelchairs to children in Alexandra every year.

“I love donating to the poor because I grew up poor too. I struggled to get to school and seeing a child with tattered clothes and shoes brings tears to my eyes. It reminds me of the pain I went through,” he said.

Letlhogonolo said he was raised by his gogos after his parents abandoned him when he was a baby.

He said the first school to benefit was Fafung Molelwane Primary School in his home town of Brits. He said they donated 52 pairs of school shoes.

Andrise said he joined forces with Letlhogonolo because he also wanted to make a difference.

“I was overwhelmed by the response to our first donation last year,” he said.

Andrise said they would not only be making donations in North West.

“We are coming to Gauteng where we have identified some primary schools,” he said.

The two said they wanted to see their project growing so they could help more children.

“We also intend to donate sanitary towels to girls,” said Andrise.


Caption: Molelwane primary School in Brits North West disadvantaged learners received school shoes from Open Doors Event organising company based in Alex. Photo supplied