Let them walk in your shoes
North Coast TAFE’s Student Association recently launched the “Your shoes are made for walking” collection drive so that people in Africa, the Himalayas and Haiti can enjoy the pleasure of wearing shoes.
“Our collection is part of a state-wide TAFE Student Associations’ initiative, to help with such a simple but life-changing aid to citizens of poorer countries,” Wollongbar and Ballina campus Student Association officer Debbie Anderson said.
Lismore and Casino campus Student Association officer Jane Burrows said it’s estimated that 300 million children around the world have never owned a pair of shoes. They hope to reduce that number by shipping and delivering shoes to people in real need.
“Here in Australia we send our old, sometimes hardly used, shoes to landfill,” Jane said. “In some poorer countries, possessing a pair of shoes can mean the difference between getting employment or not.”
Anyone with “gently worn” shoes (joggers or walking shoes for adults or children) sitting in their cupboards at home can drop them off at the Lismore, Casino, Ballina and Wollongbar TAFE campuses.
For more information phone Jane on 6623 0337 or Debbie on 6620 4846. Or visit www.student
associations.info for your nearest location.