Community minded duo help families in need get the perfect fit

Showcasing shoes which will be given out to families within the community are (from left) Samuel Booth (7), Jonny Walker (9), Clyde Walker (6), Liam Ballantine (9), Beau Walker (7) and Charley Ballantine (11).

A MOTHER and daughter are calling out to members of the public for school shoe donations.

Donagh and Maddison Booth have started The Shoe Booth, a charity group which aims to supply free, good-quality shoes to families in need.

The duo had received 40 pairs of shoes from people in the community.

Types of shoes included gym shoes, black leather shoes and red Southland Girls’ High School shoes.

The pair were requesting shoe donations to fit age groups from kindergarten to teenage years.

“We are not giving out shoes yet, but if people who are buying shoes at the moment could consider us and donate their old shoes, we would love that,” Mrs Booth said.

They hoped to one day run a free walk-in with uniforms, backpacks, jackets and shoes.

“During the year we will ask for jacket donations and hopefully by this time next year, we will have a collection of school things.”

They acknowledged Sonia Vidal at Southern Law who offered them a venue at 131 Gala St opposite the Queens Park Feldwick Gates.

During the next three weekends, they will be on site from 10am-2pm to accept donations.

They had about seven volunteers who had also offered their time.

Feedback from people on social media had been positive and supportive, Miss Booth said.

“I think this shows there are a lot of like-minded people out there.”

The idea to start the voluntary service began about a week ago when the pair created a group page and made a post on social media, she said.

“It was kind of an overnight thought and we didn’t expect for things to turn out this way.

“But we know coming into the new year how expensive school shoes can be.”