Shoes to help Haiti find its feet
VALLEY people have been quick to throw their shoes at a worthy cause.
After putting the call out across the Valley last week, the Student Association from North Coast TAFE has received more than 70 pairs of shoes to be donated to people in Haiti.
Grafton Student Association officer, Angela Boorman, said she was amazed at how much support the appeal had received in such a short time.
“We’ve had 70 pairs of shoes donated in one week at the Grafton campus alone,” she said.
“I’ve also had heaps of people calling me to find out more information about the collection points.”
A second collection point has been set up at the main office of the Maclean TAFE for people in the Lower Clarence to drop off their ‘gently worn’ shoes.
Angela said all kinds of shoes had been donated and were welcome but joggers or walking shoes for adults or children would be most useful.
Socks were also helpful to prevent blisters on the feet of those people who may not be used to wearing shoes.
Angela said the Clarence Valley collection was part of a statewide TAFE Student Associations’ initiative to help with simple but life-changing aid to citizens of poorer countries.
“Here in Australia we send our old, sometimes hardly used, shoes to landfill, where in some poorer countries, possessing a pair of shoes can mean the difference between getting employment or not,” she said.
Shoes collected in February will be sent to Haiti. The appeal also plans to send shoes to Nepal and Africa.
Shoe drop off points
- Maclean TAFE – main office.
- Grafton TAFE – at the canteen.
For information contact Angela on 6641 1654.