Sals Shoes are a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2013 by mum CJ Bowry. In 2015, their third year they collected 81,598 pairs of children’s shoes and distributed them in 26 countries including the UK. The charity collects all sorts of different types of shoes: flip flops, sandals, school shoes, slippers, trainers, winter boots, football boots etc. One of their many initiatives is Toe to Toe.
There are 300 million children in the world for whom walking with shoes is a rarity. This makes them extremely vulnerable to infection by parasites, such as hookworm; while injuries to the feet and ankles can lead to ulcers and other conditions which are almost always left untreated. Without shoes, many children are not permitted to attend school.
Here at Leonard Stanley School we will be collecting pre-loved shoes (great for all those outgrown school shoes) throughout the week of the 17th – 21st July. The Eco-team will be going around all of the classrooms daily to collect your children’s old shoes during the week.
On the last day of term your children can have the option of leaving their shoes on their tables and walking out of school ‘shoeless’ or bare footed to highlight the plight of children in poorer circumstances who do not have access to decent shoes.
All that we ask is that the shoes are in ‘good’ condition without holes, have their laces, attached velcro etc and that you can tape £1 to the sole of the shoes as a contribution to the transit of the shoes from school to the collection depot.
If you have any queries regarding this initiative please speak to Sarah O’Connell, Leigh Binns, Mr. Fraser or Jo Byrne. Many thanks for your support.