On the weekend of 27/28thApril the Parish Hall in Grange-over-Sands was open to receive shoes for the ShoeBiz appeal. Grange Soroptimists were supporting this initiative by Clarks and UNICEF UK, whereby old and unwanted shoes are recycled and 100% of the money raised is given to UNICEF for educational projects around the world. One pair of shoes = an exercise book and pencil; £38 can provide 40 children with a ‘school in a bag’, and £170 provides vital equipment to set up a classroom in a disaster location. Started in 2007, the appeal has raised on average £100,000 each year. Over the weekend 910 pairs of shoes were received – some from as far away as Sedbergh and Whitehaven, as a result of an interview on Radio Cumbria. The shoes were packed into 56 boxes, and are now on their way for recycling. Anyone who missed this opportunity to support the appeal can take their unwanted shoes into any Clarks store.
This project enabled Grange SI to win the Regional Darwen Shield Award 2013 for the best PA project.