Shoes and a shed help make for a weekend of giving in South Canterbury

Sharelle Holdaway and Melanie McLean get to grips with hundreds of pairs of shoes at the Timaru Shoe Initiative.
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Sharelle Holdaway and Melanie McLean get to grips with hundreds of pairs of shoes at the Timaru Shoe Initiative.

Hundreds of pairs of shoes and many household items found new homes as a pair of charitable events were launched.

The Timaru Shoe Initiative and the Helping Hands Shed had their first day open to the public on Saturday.

The shed on-sold items to fundraise for charitable giving while the shoe initiative raised money to donate childs' shoes.

Janine Philp among the wares in the Helping Hands Shed at Temuka.
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Janine Philp among the wares in the Helping Hands Shed at Temuka.

More than 400 pairs of shoes stretched row upon row at the Bluestone School hall.

The tally had more-than halved by day's end, but there were still plenty to be stored for the next one, initiative founder Melanie McLean said.

About 50 people gave a gold coin donation to fill a bag with shoes. Many left with enough for their families.

Lexi Philp, 9, who baked for the sale.
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Lexi Philp, 9, who baked for the sale.

The donations were gathered to help the initiative buy new sneakers for children who might otherwise miss out.

The idea had its genesis in McLean seeing a child in worn out shoes walking to school.

She had hoped the often very high quality shoes would have attracted more people: "re-homing" shoes was only the start.

At the Shoe Initiative Bluestone School Hall were Grace Smythe and 1-year-old son Braxton Lord.
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At the Shoe Initiative Bluestone School Hall were Grace Smythe and 1-year-old son Braxton Lord.

"I really want people to realise that if they pay and grab, then the money will go to funding new sneakers.

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"This is just a good start; there'll definitely be more in the future."

In Temuka, Janine Philp threw open the doors of her garage for the first Helping Hands Shed day.

Ngaire Stewart surveys a booty of footwear at the first Timaru Shoe Initiative at the Bluestone School Hall.
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Ngaire Stewart surveys a booty of footwear at the first Timaru Shoe Initiative at the Bluestone School Hall.

Inside was household material collected by a Temuka couple who offered donations to those in need.

The couple, who asked for anonymity, collected items, including furniture, to help provide for others.

They also on-sold items and used the proceeds to help those in need.

Janine Philp launched the Helping Hands Shed at Temuka on Saturday. She's here with Nelson Bowden, who donated bikes to ...
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Janine Philp launched the Helping Hands Shed at Temuka on Saturday. She's here with Nelson Bowden, who donated bikes to the shed.

Philp offered space when it became clear the couple needed it for their growing collection.

Over time, it became clear that collection would overwhelm her garage.

"That's when I came up wit the idea of the Helping Hands Shed," she said on Sunday.

"Two times a month, we'll open it up and sell what we can so we can help out."

The money would be banked for the couple to use to make, or to acquire, donations, she said.

The shed highlighted other charitable deeds, too.

Among the items were five bikes donated by Nelson Bowden, a Temuka man who reconditioned them. 

Philp said the shed and those who contributed to it were responding to a need in the commuity,

"There is quite a level of need out there, not just here in Temuka but everywhere," the solo mother said.

The number of people at the poverty line seems to be quite high, so the more people can help, the better."

 

 - Stuff

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