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Allianz Malaysia will deliver 5,468 pairs of school shoes to the underserved communities in six districts and indigenous children in Sabah this week as part of its School Shoes Project.

The initiative saw students aged 7 to 12 from 58 primary schools identified by the Sabah State Education Department and 300 children supported by PACOS Trust, a community-based organisation which aids indigenous communities in Sabah, receive the brand new school shoes fitted with high-visibility reflective strips which help in improving visibility in the dark.

"This is first time Allianz Malaysia embarked on such a project. Many would probably ask, why school shoes? Its is basic necessity that is often overlooked. Some children in the interior part of the state do not have proper footwear to protect their feetwhen going to school. We hope that through this project, we can help assure the safety, protection and hygiene of the children as well as lessen the burden of their parents and thus make their journey to school a more comfortable and happy one," said Ng Siew Gek, Head of Allianz4Good for Allianz Malaysia Berhad.

Out of the 5,468 pairs of school shoes, Allianz Malaysia hand-delivered today a total of 300pairs to the indigenous communtiy supported by PACOS Trust. On 1 September 2016, 49 pairs will be handed to the students of SK Bambangan in Tambunan and 63 pairs will be handed to the students of SK Lintuhun in Keningau. On the following day, 137 pairs will be handed to the students of SK Pekan Pensiangan in Nabawan.

The delivery of the shoes to these schools will be made in the presence of the Penolong Pengarah, Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sabah, the respective District Officers and the Headmasters/Headmistresses.

The remaining 4,919 pairs of shoes allocated for the other 55 schools will be delivered via the District Education Office represntatives from the Pitas, Keningau, Kudat, Kota Marudu, Nabawan and Tambunan districts for distribution to the students.

"There is nothing more wonderful than to see the smile on the faces of the children when they received the shoes," added Ng.

The School Shoes Project will be extended to the underserved communities in the state of Sarawak with an allocation of 4,073 pairs to 20 schools identified by the Sarawak State Education Department in the districts of Bau, Padawan, Lundu, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Samarahan, Serian, Simunjan, Saratok, Betong and Kuching this September. 

The remaining 459 pairs will be distributed to the desrving communities in Peninsular Malaysia.

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