Students’ votes send Tutor on charity mission to South America
Wednesday, 04 September 2013
A Tutor at Seevic College is packing his bags for a once in a lifetime trip to South America, after winning a worldwide competition to deliver shoes to children in Peru.
John Hallam, who teaches Business Studies and Travel & Tourism, estimates that he received more than 600 votes from students and staff in the competition organised by the TOMS footwear brand.
In total, he received upwards of 2,000 votes in order to be selected as one of 50 individuals chosen by TOMS to personally deliver shoes to underprivileged youngsters.
John flies out to Peru, via a stop-off at the TOMS headquarters in Los Angeles, on Thursday 5 September for his week-long expedition.
He said: “As a teacher it’s my job to open the eyes of my students and encourage them to be the best they can possibly be.
“As a teacher it’s my job to open the eyes of my students and encourage them to be the best they can possibly be." Tutor John Hallam
“I hope that the experience will not only open my eyes, but also give me an opportunity to create a legacy by sharing my experience with my students and raising their awareness of the good work of social enterprises like TOMS.
“Who knows, one of them could go on to create the next big social enterprise that helps millions of people. I’ve always wanted to visit South America and I can’t wait to get out there!”
John, 25, initially joined Seevic College as a Business Studies lecturer in 2010.
The College recently saw its A-Level students achieve more Higher Grades than ever before, and it’s not too late to enrol on courses starting this September.
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Founded in 2006, TOMS footwear is a social enterprise which donates a pair of shoes to an underprivileged child in a third world country each time a customer purchases a pair of their shoes.