The power of a pair of shoes

Monday, October 1, 2018

Too many Kiwi kids go without shoes

Teachers all over the country have highlighted the sad state of hand-me-down shoes kids are wearing to school.

For Kiwi kids in need, a worn out pair of shoes is having a negative impact on attendance, physical health and self confidence. The shoes in the polaroid on the right belonged to a real Kiwi kid who used them for walking to school and playing sport, because their parents struggled to afford another pair.

We’ve heard stories of kids ending up in sick bays because their broken, worn-out shoes made them trip - or because they had blisters all over their feet from having no soles inside their shoes.

KidsCan is a charity that wants to change that. Our mission is to provide students in low decile schools with basic health items, food, raincoats and brand new school shoes and socks.

It might not sound like much, but a new pair of shoes makes kids in need feel equal to their peers - while also giving them the sense of being cared for. We’ve also heard stories 
of kids crying at receiving their very own, and often very first, pair of new shoes. 

Around 166,000 pairs have been supplied to schools around the country since 2005. 

But we can’t do it alone. Playing your part to help these Kiwi children in need costs as little as $20 a month.

If you can help, please choose to make a difference. Your $20 a month will level the playing field for Kiwi kids in need.