Robyn Hall and Kane Ansell get behind the project to ensure every school child on the Fraser Coast has a pair of shoes.
Robyn Hall and Kane Ansell get behind the project to ensure every school child on the Fraser Coast has a pair of shoes. Alistair Brightman Frashoe

Coast students in step

A CHARITY putting feet first in the Fraser Coast region says local businesses have donated 146 pairs of shoes for needy children.

Kane Ansell is a partner in restaurant Sushi to You, which has donated 50 pairs of shoes.

“We’d been looking for something to get behind in a local sense,” he said.

“When we heard about this we thought as an employer in the town we want kids to get a decent education.

“We hope that other businesses will support this well.”

The Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation surveyed all state primary schools in Maryborough.

A total of 711 students was found to be attending school barefoot or with substandard footwear.

In Maryborough 296 kids are in need, with the balance of the students in Hervey Bay.

Foundation managing director Pauline Preston said the 900 letters the charity had sent to regional businesses last week had drawn a positive response.

“We are absolutely delighted by the support of the people and organisations that have so generously stepped up to help local kids in need,” Ms Preston said.

“We look forward to delivering the shoes and socks next month and hope to achieve our target of helping 714 Fraser Coast kids in need go to school with warm and dry feet this winter.”

Potential donors can choose from one of two types of new shoes manufactured by BATA.

As the charity is backed by BATA, sock company Underworks and courier Star Track Express, the footwear and delivery is cost price, cutting the cost for a pair of Zaidee leather school shoes from $55 to $29.95, which also includes three pairs of socks and delivery.

For more information info@brighterfuture4kids.org.au.



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