Pair’s project charitable and popular to boot

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    Helping give out shoes to schools and families in need are (from left) Samuel (7), Donagh and Maddison Booth (16) and Beatrice Perry (6) at their venue at 131 Gala St in Invercargill on Sunday.

    AN Invercargill mother and daughter are stepping out to support schools and families in need.

    Donagh and Maddison Booth started The Shoe Booth via social media in early January.

    The charity group aimed to supply free, good-quality shoes to members of the public.

    Since then, the duo has received about 150 pairs of donations from people in the community.

    ‘‘We’ve given away 90 pairs of shoes so far,’’ Miss Booth said.

    Some of the donations came from Winton and Gore and they had also received a monetary donation from as far north as Auckland.

    ‘‘It has been quite overwhelming and people have been great and it has been easy for us.

    ‘‘But we don’t want it to stop there we would like for people to keep bringing in their donations,’’ Mrs Booth said.

    The pair gave out two boxes of shoes to Ranui Kindergarten and Te Wharekura o Arowhenua, and were set to give out more to Waverley Park School and Verdon College.

    They were aware some people could not get to their location at Gala St and recognised schools provided the perfect opportunity to help families.

    ‘‘It’s within our future plans to set up some type of transport for families who can’t get here but we realised schools were most in contact with families,’’ Mrs Booth said.

    Other future plans for the duo included offering uniforms, school bags, jackets and also to start up a service for school ball dresses, gowns and suits for hire, Mrs Booth said.

    ‘‘Our ideas have been growing and growing and we would like to expand to surrounding towns such as Gore and Riverton.’’

    If schools or families were in need within the area they could get in contact with them via social media, she said.

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