Putting a spring in their step

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATT SHAND

Lit­tle Aung Cin­zah grew a few inches taller af­ter try­ing on the new shoes he was given by the Porirua Bap­tist Church last Fri­day.

The rest of Windley School fol­lowed his lead and all 322 pairs of chil­dren’s feet at the school were soon sport­ing a new pair of New Bal­ance sneak­ers.

Porirua Bap­tist Church spokesman Si­mon Legg said the church planned to give shoes to all decile 1 schools in the area.

‘‘This is the eighth school we have done and, af­ter 1400 pairs of shoes, we have just two more to go,’’ Mr Legg said.

But the church won’t stop there. It aims to then be­gin fundrais­ing for decile 2 schools and be­yond.

‘‘A lot of chil­dren at th­ese schools have never had a pair of new shoes,’’ he said. ‘‘They have hand-me-downs or shoes too big for them.

‘‘It’s bril­liant to be able to give them a pair of shoes to call their own and see them smile.’’

Mr Legg spends his free time fundrais­ing for the shoes ini­tia­tive and mea­sur­ing shoe sizes.

He said that to pro­vide the shoes for Windley School cost just over $10,000.

‘‘We then had to mea­sure ev­ery foot to make sure ev­ery­one got a good fit. Then we placed the or­der with New Bal­ance, who give us whole­sale prices.’’

As shoe boxes were opened, faces lit up. The play­ground was soon full of chil­dren rac­ing about test­ing their new shoes.

‘‘It’s just about the chil­dren and the dif­fer­ence a new pair of shoes can make,’’ Mr Legg said.

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