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Over 1 million pairs of used shoes collected for African children

Over 1 million pairs of used shoes collected for African children

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) A charity movement aimed at collecting used shoes for African children has received over 1 million pairs since its launch in 2014, event organizers said Friday.

Taking part in the global campaign "Step30," inspired by Canadian Allen Remley in 2005 to improve the health of African children by giving them shoes, the Taiwanese organizers said the 20th container loaded with shoes will be bound for Africa soon.

Volunteers placed their handprints on the container Friday to symbolize Taiwan's spirit of goodwill toward Africa.

Also taking part in the activity were Deputy Taichung Mayor Zhang Guang-yao ; Diego L. Chou, executive director of the NGO International Affairs Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Li Yi-nan, a representative of the Yue-Yuen Educational Foundation.

Isaac Chao, who helped introduce Taiwan to the global movement in 2014, said separate campaigns held since then have collected over 1 million pairs of shoes in cooperation with more than 100 schools and government organizations and with the help of hundreds of thousands of volunteers.

In the latest campaign, which began on Nov. 28, 150,000 pairs of used shoes were received within just 10 days, he said.

While the Pou Chen Group assigned 1,500 of its employees to help sort through the many shoes, the Yue-Yuen Educational Foundation donated NT$1 million to cover the cost of container purchases and shipping, he said.

He said the loading of the 20th container has been completed and it will soon set off for Africa.

The container has also been freshly painted and will be converted into a classroom after it arrives in Africa, he added. (By Hao Hsueh-chin and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-23 17:38 GMT+08:00