With the end of the school year fast approaching, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is launching their ‘Re-use Ya Shoes!’ campaign in schools across the County.
Instead of binning old school shoes, football boots, trainers and wellies the charity is asking that people donate them and help to raise those vital funds to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. It doesn’t matter how old or what condition they are in, any shoe will do and they can all be recycled.
Much like the ‘Bag A Bra’ campaign, the shoes are sold on through reputable traders in other countries, or if they are in really bad condition they can be used for parts to repair other footwear, so nothing is wasted.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance want local schools to get involved and take part in the ‘Re-use Ya Shoes’ appeal, asking children to fill as many bags as they can and building a tower of shoes to see which school can get the highest tower for a prize.
John Perry, Chief Executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said:
“We are trying to get as many schools involved as possible this year and to collect a record number of shoes! This is a really worthwhile cause because your donations are not only helping the Air Ambulance, but also helping people in countries worldwide. We really appreciate all the donations we receive and everything helps towards keeping your Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.”
For more information about ‘Re-use Ya Shoes’ please visit the website www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk or call the office on 02380 333377 to request a special green bag. Thursday 12th September will be the scheduled collection day where volunteers of the charity will drive around to any schools/nurseries that have taken part in collecting old shoes.