Charity tie-up to benefit needy

Sebastian Neuweiler, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian

The Ankle & Foot Health Group are almost drowning in shoes — thanks to the people of Geraldton.

The organisation collected shoes for the Soles4Souls Australia initiative during June.

Adelaide-based Soles4Souls Australia collects new and second-hand shoes for disadvantaged children, women and men in need of footwear.

The shoes are distributed throughout Australia and developing countries, including Tanzania and Guatemala.

Ankle & Foot Health Group principal Anna Kosch said understanding the fundamentals of podiatry had prompted her to get involved.

“Obviously being podiatrists, footwear is a huge part of what we do,” she said.

“We understand the importance of footwear for all people.

“The shoes could go to help a child who doesn’t have any footwear to go to school or may go to help someone who needs shoes for a job interview.”

For each pair of shoes donated, the podiatry clinic will match it with a gold coin donation for the charity, which will pay for the delivery of the shoes.

The clinic had been hoping to get 100 pairs of shoes, but Ms Kosch said with help from the community they had received more than 250.

“We really want to express our gratitude to everyone,” she said.

“It’s been over and above what I expected to get.

“We’ve had some patients supporting it, but a majority of the donations have been members of the community who aren’t affiliated with our practice.”

The practice is paying to transport the shoes to the Adelaide charity, who will then distribute the shoes nationally and internationally.

Ms Kosch said because of the success of the project, she would like to organise for shoes to be donated for one nominated month of every year, starting in 2016.

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