Grimsby’s hero teacher Zane Powles appeared in an online campaign for a major fashion brand on the topic of kindness to each other.
The West Elementary School teacher features prominently on the website of designer label Kurt Geiger, modeling its fall and winter range.
In one of her ‘People Empowered’ stories, former Grenadier Guard Zane is pictured wearing a ‘Be Kind’ hat, shoes and sweatshirt from the brand’s Rainbow collection which she says is a ‘ celebration of the goodness of hope ”.
2020 has been an eventful year for Zane after his efforts to walk miles every day to ensure families in the Grimsby area have free school meals during the first coronavirus lockdown hit national headlines.
Since then he has appeared in a BBC cartoon commercial, been featured on a new beer called Docks Beers’ ‘Miracle Worker’ and has been named MBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors. .
Zane was also praised by Manchester United footballer and school meals campaigner Marcus Rashford, and recently partnered with local businesses to provide baskets to families in need over Christmas.
In an interview with brand Kurt Geiger, he talks about his heroic deeds at school lunches last spring as well as the summer bike ride in which he cycled grueling 1,300 miles to the castles of all countries. capitals of the United Kingdom and Ireland, fundraising for Family Links Around Grimsby and the Meals and More association which accompanies children during school holidays.
With the campaign focused on kindness, Zane was asked what this means to him. He said, “Kindness means putting people above you and your needs. It’s about assessing if your needs are really that great when other people are having more difficulty.
He says he lives by the quote “never look back you’re not going in this direction” and has detailed his goals for 2021 and beyond, including more charity challenges.
Inspiring people to do small acts of kindness to help others in the community, Zane said, “We are all very small cogs in this huge machine and if we all turn in the right direction we will all get there. where we want. If everyone was doing something good for others without expecting anything in return, the whole world would be a much better place.
“I have a few other challenges in mind for charity. I hope to cycle around the Wales coast and then up the coast of England and Wales. That’s 1,000 miles around, then 175 miles to go. The following year, I hope to cycle from the northeast corner of America to the southwest corner. I WILL do it – I’m pretty stubborn once I decide on something! “
When asked what made him feel “most empowered,” Zane added, “Being kind to people. Helping people always makes me feel better about myself.