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Media release: Young child advocate urges New Zealanders to go ‘Shoeless’ for Cambodian kids

Young child advocate urges New Zealanders to go ‘Shoeless’ for Cambodian kids

One of New Zealand’s most passionate campaigners for social justice, Katie Boom, is urgingNew Zealanders to take off their shoes on 24 October and join her in raising$200,000 to educate Cambodia’s most impoverished children. 

Her charity,Shoeless, today announced New Zealand’s first Shoeless Day on 24 October2014.   

For nearly twoyears 23-year-old Katie Boom has not worn shoes as a way to raise awareness ofthe plight of Cambodian’s poorest children. 

 Katie’s shoelesscrusade has been an inspiration to many and her efforts have raised over $10,000through her charity. 

With 100% ofproceeds going to help Cambodia’s poorest children, the money she’s raised sofar has provided around 500 children with a school uniform, shoes, school booksand all the supplies they need to attend school for one year. 

“I’ve goneshoeless for two years and now I’m asking New Zealanders to join me for justone day.  With the help of as many Kiwisas possible, we want to raise $200,000 on Shoeless Day.  This will provide school uniforms andsupplies to around 2,000 Cambodian children for five years,” explained Katie. 

Shoeless Day involvesgetting people to go barefoot all day long to raise awareness and funds in thehope of giving Cambodian children an education and a brighter future.  

“By giving up yourshoes and going barefoot with me on October 24th you can change thelives of Cambodia children.  All it takesis a little over $20 to support one child,” she said. 

People can sign upto participate in Shoeless Day and donate to Shoeless NZ through theorganisation’s website: www.shoelessday.com .  

NZD$20 buys achild shoes, their school uniform and their schoolbooks; it is essentially ayear of education.  Over the next sixweeks, Katie is working to get individuals, schools and businesses to take partin the inaugural Shoeless Day.  

Shoeless NZ is aregistered New Zealand charity, and sends 100% of donations to its partner Carefor Cambodia.  It operates the charityalongside its partners Willow Creek NZ and Care for Cambodia.