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School bags for Fairleigh

Safire sponsored the 40km leg of the Husqvarna Classic MTB Mid-Illovo Challenge and Trail Run that took place near Mid-Illovo outside Pietermaritzburg on 22 April. This race aims to uplift local communities and almost 230 Mid-Illovo disadvantaged children recently received innovative Uzwelo schoolbags with built-in raincoat ponchos. The schoolbags resulted from a challenge issued by race organiser Shanon MacKenzie to corporates and participants to pledge schoolbags to local children. Uzwelo (a local self-help initiative), produces the robust bags from Expand a Sign’s waste textile fabric. The school bag campaign is in its second year and 500 local pupils have now benefitted. The first 2018 handover of bags took place at Fairleigh Primary School, to scores of excited youngsters.