A social newsletter for and about the southern-most region of Australia known as the Great Australian Bight.
EDITION: February 25, 2021
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Earlier this week, 150 pairs of shoes were sent from Victoria to Ceduna, and apparently, that is just the beginning! The large donation of shoes is the result of a fundraising effort run by Donna Stolzenberg, who was recently awarded 2021 Victoria Australian of the Year.
Local woman, Okelly May, initiated the fundraising effort with the hope of assisting families in need and children in refuge through providing the option of shoes to people seeking food and income assistance through local entities who provide these services. Ms. May believes that the number of shoes donated will provide a shoe ‘bank’ for the area for up to two years.
Donna informs us that “there is five of each size from children’s size 9 to adult’s size 12 in both boy’s and girl’s shoes, but most are neutral. We’ll get another 150 pairs out later this week and then start taking specific orders for families whose kids haven’t had a pair yet or if sizes run out. Once this has happened we will then be receiving shoes from Costco who have come on board to assist us which is very exciting. Costo mainly has larger sizes but they’re a brand-name shoe so the big kids will love them! We also have businesses donating socks, underwear, and clothing but these will take a little longer to get there.”
Ms. May has also informed us that there is also talk of sporting goods and other items in the works and said she is motivated to give back to the community after needing assistance herself for her family. “Ceduna wrapped us up in their arms and made us whole again,” she said.
We will provide further updates on this effort as it moves forward.
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