High school Key Clubs collecting shoes

Soles4Souls aims to gather 25,000 pairs of used shoes to send to developing countries

Students at W. J. Mouat secondary display donated shoes from a previous year’s fundraiser. This year’s Soles4Soles runs until May 4.

Students at W. J. Mouat secondary display donated shoes from a previous year’s fundraiser. This year’s Soles4Soles runs until May 4.

Your old shoes can live on thanks to Key Clubs in the Fraser Valley.

The clubs are working with a charitable organization called Soles4Souls, and are aiming to collect 25,000 pairs of used shoes to send to developing countries and areas hit by natural disaster. From now until May 5, shoes can be donated at local schools or picked up by club members.

The Soles4Souls group has distributed over 26 million shoes around the world since 2006.

Baneet Braich, the lieutenant-governor of 10 local high school key clubs, said all types of shoes are accepted.

“We really need all the help we can get to reach our goal,” she said. “All kinds of shoes are appreciated even if it is a single shoe and not in the best condition.”

Braich emphasized the involvement of high school Key Clubs from Yale, Mouat, Bateman, Abbotsford Traditional, MEI, Rick Hansen, and Abbotsford Senior in Abbotsford and GW Graham in Chilliwack that are crucial to the success of the project.

If 25,000 pairs are raised, the club which raises the most amount of pairs will win two free trips (for two members) to distribute shoes in the selected country.

“We are very excited to initiate this project,” Braich added. “Soles4Souls is a well recognized organization providing students opportunities to give back to the world. For every 20 pairs raised a student earns one hour of community service as well.”

For more information on the project or details on how to donate, contact Braich at 778-384-2136 or baneetbraichltg18@gmail.com.