Footwear FundraiserBy Peter Corlett 19th September 2012
Fundraising for Camp Quality
There were many odd sights at Waikanae School on Friday 14th, including teacher Peter Corlett, who wore a gumboot on one foot and a slipper on the other.
This was all in support of the national Odd Shoe Day, when the children were encouraged to wear mismatched shoes for the day and donate a gold coin for the non-profit organisation Camp Quality. Camp Quality provides support programmes for up to 200 children, aged 5-16, living with cancer.
In conjunction with the day the schoolchildren visited the historic shoe collection at the Kapiti Coast Museum in Elizabeth Street, Waikanae.
It was an extremely busy time for Museum volunteers Diane Richards and Nita Port with school pupils visiting at various times. More classes were due to visit in the coming week, which would make a total of over 200 visitors.
Children not only got to view the shoes and shoe-making paraphernalia on display, but were also involved in a range of activities such as having the story “Grandad’s Slippers” read to them, designing and making a piece of footwear out of recycled materials, and learning to tie shoelaces.
Meanwhile back at school, classes were involved in follow-up activities such as discussing the effects of fashion on communities here and overseas, and watching the movie “The elves and the shoemaker”.
Children were very positive about their visit to the museum and the fun activities they had taken part in. Room 11 pupil Mitchel Goggin was fascinated by the texture and feel of the snakeskin shoes, while Thomas Couchman relished wearing the knee high boots.
While the shoes in the main collection are for display purposes only, a range of other footwear is available for trying on, so members of the general public are also able to try out the same activities as the Waikanae School children.
The fundraising day made $151.50 for Camp Quality.