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Man Runs Marathon in Dress Shoes to Raise Funds for Kids Who Have No Shoes

When he saw how many students in his community were going to school barefoot, he knew he had to do something about it.

Running a 56 km marathon (that's almost 35 miles!) is hardly an easy task while wearing the proper athletic footwear, but a man in South Africa recently did it in dress shoes.

Cape Town native Frank Steyn took part in the grueling Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in South Africa. As part of his fundraising campaign, he vowed to complete the race in stiff, leather dress shoes to help raise money to go toward purchasing proper footwear for students in need.

When Cape Town non-profit MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet heard Steyn's story, they teamed up with the runner to provide more than double the number of shoes he would have been able to purchase from the funds raised in support of his race.

"When we heard Frank's inspiring story, we immediately wanted to assist and increase the impact, to get a pair of quality school shoes to as many learners as possible," Trish Kowo, the organization's Marketing Manager, told The Cape Times ."We believe that every child deserves the quality and comfort to excel in their everyday lives."

With the help of MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet , Steyn was able to provide over 1,000 pairs of shoes for students in vulnerable communities throughout the region. Representatives from Woolworth's have already visited several schools to take measurements of students' feet to be sure they get them the best size and fit. There's an official event scheduled for October when the company will hand over the shoes to the students.

"Putting my feet on the line was a privilege," Steyn said. "I was overwhelmed by the initial support on GivenGain (the Two Oceans Marathon fundraising platform), and even more so now that MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet has made possible this major shoe rollout for underprivileged Cape Flats learners."

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(Source: images Frank Paco Steyn Facebook )

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