Sole2Sole continues great work

ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW: Dario and Liana Gouveia with a fantastic donation by a very kind community member.

DARIO Gouveia (9), his sister Liana (8) and mom Zita are carrying on the wonderful work for Sole2Sole, collecting and distributing shoes to the less fortunate.

Since last we caught up with Dario, he has made many inroads with Sole2Sole and has visited schools, children’s homes and homes for the underprivileged. He has even made a TV appearance on Real Talk with Anele.

“Since I was on Anele’s TV show we’ve had so many more people contacting us and donating shoes. It’s been fantastic,” Dario said.

He has also appeared on CNBC Africa, a show for young entrepreneurs.

On September 2, Dario and his family went to the National Sports Day for children with Down’s syndrome, in Pilditch, Pretoria, and handed over 400 pairs of shoes.

“The support for Sole2Sole has been nothing short of amazing,” said Zita, “and we recently received 200 pairs of shoes from the K90 Shopping Centre in Boksburg, a joint donation of 600 pairs from King Davids Linksfield and Yeshiva College, as well as many shoes from the community and our collection boxes.

“We now have drop-off points in Loco Liq Liquor Warehouse in Bracken Gardens, Brackenhurst, PNA The Glen Shopping Centre and Jubilant Gift Boutique, which you’ll find at 25 Tulbach Street, Alberante, Alberton. There are also boxes at Marist Brother’s Linmeyer and St Martin’s School as well as a drop-off point in Fairie Glen, Pretoria, which is a huge help.”

HONOURED: Dario received his 947 LeadSA Hero award for the month of March 2017.

Exciting news – a young girl in Durban has come on board and is collecting shoes, while Aaron Greenblatt (8) from Rock Your Socks has collected over 12 000 pairs of socks.

“We’ve now managed to collect about 12 200 pairs of shoes and lots have been handed out already,” said Dario. “A man from London who does the parkrun over there saw one of our articles and when he came to Johannesburg he brought shoes with him from the UK and at the Lonehill parkrun he handed over the shoes,” said Zita.

Dario received his 947 LeadSA Youth Hero award for March recently.

“Even though I didn’t win the 947 LeadSA Hero event, it was thrilling to be there at the ceremony and I’m really proud,” he added.

Dario has his own heroes.

“Locally I admire Sheldon Spear from Need to Read, as well as Luke Lamprecht, who looks after children’s rights, and Brent Lindeque (GoodThingsGuy) – he’s fantastic and we have a great connection.”

Presently Sole2Sole is in need of more children’s shoes, school shoes and men’s shoes.

“We find the children’s shoes go out the fastest and is our biggest need right now,” added Dario. Please drop any good-condition shoes off at the collection points or phone Zita on 079 501 9517 or email [email protected]

Not intending stopping anytime soon, Dario, Liana and Zita encourage you to make a difference.

Also Read: 

Help Dario collect shoes for the needy

Sole2Sole gaining ground

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Julie Maule
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