Rotary Club Of Royal Wootton Bassett And District Collect 600 Pairs Of Shoes For The Needy

By Jamie Hill - 30 May 2021


Earlier this year Keith Griffin club member of Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club started an appeal to donate unwanted shoes to help those in need and without suitable footwear for Shoe Aid which is a UK charity that was set up to tackle shoe poverty.

There is global footwear poverty with significant implications. 1500 million people worldwide are without shoes of which 300 million are children. 70 million of those children are unable to access education because shoes are a requirement as part of school uniform.

Over 4 million people wear unsuitable shoes which is damaging to foot health, academic potential and self esteem, not just now but later in life. Shoe Aid believe it is wrong that almost two million pairs a week end up in landfill which is an environmental disaster and tragic waste.

Keith's original collection target was 100 shoe pairs. Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and the community of Royal Wootton Bassett and outlying villages, the appeal has taken in excess of 600 pairs of assorted ladies, men's and children's footwear.

All were sorted, cleaned as necessary, paired up, packed and delivered to the Shoe Aid Charity in Nottingham. Shoe Aid will sort and sanitise the donated shoes and distribute them to the needy both in the UK and Overseas.

A spokesman said: "Thank you again for the support and generosity received from all that donated to this worthwhile appeal which has now ended."

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