More school kids to get shoes

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A Nelson charity, that is making a size-10 impact on primary schoolchildren’s health and well-being by providing families in need with shoes, has been so successful it is looking at extending its reach into intermediate schools.

The Walk With Us charity was established two years ago by eight Nelson businesswomen to help fund school shoes, sports shoes and socks for in-need primary schoolchildren.

Since the charity began, it has given away 125 pairs of shoes to children across seven schools in the Nelson region and currently has another 18 applications pending.

Victory School is one of those involved in the programme and principal Helen Taylor-Young says that it has had a great effect on their whole community.

“Teachers and the school are able to refer students who are in need of shoes, allowing them to participate in activities within our health and physical education programme. It has provided shoes for whole families and has been of real benefit to a number of students, in particular, our boys in the senior school. It has allowed them to play rugby with quality shoes,” says Helen.

Not only does the programme provide students with equality, it contributes to the whole community.

“The charity is critical to the whole well-being of the children in our school. They are a fantastic team at Walk With Us and they provide wrap-around support for our students and families – it is great to have local people supporting local families,” says Helen.

The trust is now looking to widen the number of schools involved to include intermediate schools. Schools that identify a need for help can apply to the trust and, if their application is approved, a voucher is sent to the parents for shoes which are provided by sponsors Stirling Sports and Number One Shoe Warehouse.

Walk With Us is also looking at the possibility of holding their next big fundraiser in April 2016.

For more information or to make a donation to Walk With Us, see the website walkwithus.co.nz