Kicking Goals with Old Shoes

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STA Donation Binby Dave Kastner

Got some shoes to donate?

With an estimated 300 million children and 1.5 billion people worldwide not having adequate footwear, local business STA Travel St Kilda is teaming up with Soles4Souls Australia to attempt to stamp out this problem with their #mynextstep campaign. St Kilda residents are being encouraged to help out by donating a pair of lightly worn shoes at in-store shoe donation bins.

The shoes are then distributed to countries including Tanzania, Haiti and Costa Rica, with individuals receiving a single pair of shoes for themselves or in some cases multiple shoes for use in micro-enterprise (small business). Those lucky enough to receive the micro-enterprise opportunity get to sell the second hand shoes at local markets giving them an income whilst helping the community protect its feet.

Why would one donate shoes when countries have so many other seemingly more serious issues? Most of us probably take footwear for granted and think we only wear shoes to keep our feet warm but shoes can prevent parasitic infection and also prevent cuts which can become infected causing the infected person to miss school or work which leads to poor growth and development.

STA Travel Acland Street Store Manager, Ned Brennan says “Soles4Souls is a fantastic organization with a goal that really resonates with the people of St Kilda. We’re excited to be able to help and are positive that we can make a real difference. Please drop by to donate any of your old shoes. Anything you can give will be appreciated and put to good use”.

STA Travels’s #mynextstep campaign is aimed at encouraging people to embrace the unknown, step out of their comfort zone and make a difference, both in their life and the lives of others. All entrants need to do is take a snap of their shoes (a ‘shoefie’), tag #mynextstep and @statravel, plus mention the dream adventure location they’d like to take their next step in. The grand prize is a return trip anywhere in the world, a G Adventures tour and $2000 spending money!!

The ‘Shoefie’ competition started on November 2 and will run until November 30. The winner will be announced in early December.

“We want to show the rest of the nation how supportive and generous St Kilda residents are so we’re hoping we have the most shoes to contribute at the end of November. So put your best foot forward, take a step in the right direction, donate your shoes with #mynextstep,” Ned concluded.

More information about #mynextstep is available on the STA Travel website at www.statravel.com.au/mynextstep

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