Second Step is looking for kind donations towards the purchase of materials and labour costs involved with restoring the donated shoes.
The founder of Second Step, Molly Hillman, is a 15 year old student at Baradene College. She started the initiative late 2017 with the goal of helping and providing support to lower income families. After seeing students wearing jandals and other unsupportive shoes during cold winter months she saw an opportunity for students who had pre-loved shoes that they didn't need and all that needed to be done was to create a middle man operation. Molly started the initial donations at Baradene, sourcing shoes from there via a simple advert in the Newsletter. From there the shoes were repaired and relaced then distributed to Tamaki College by Molly herself.
Second Step recieve donations of preloved schools shoes from families who no longer require them. With the help of supporters Second Step repairs, relaces and cleans the shoes so they can be donated in pristine condition.
Second Step has donated 15 pairs of shoes as of 16th April 2018 and we have a further 30 pairs ready to be donated in late April (when school holidays end). The 45 pairs of shoes were kindly donated by students at Baradene College and were distibuted to students at Tamaki College in Glen Innes. Second Step is planning to expand and create a continous flow of shoes being donated by generous families and distributed to those in need. With funding Second Step will be able to maximise the output of repaired shoes and give more to children who cannot afford school shoes. Second Step is looking at creating more relationships with larger schools so they can donate their preloved shoes and thus more students and families in lower decile schools will be able to benefit from our initiative.
In order for Second Step to repair the donated shoes - they require funding to purchase the materials (such as laces, labels and shoes polish) and pay for the labour involved (repair of shoes). Second Step is looking for funding to help support this.
The money raised for Second Step will support the payments of repairs and labels for the shoes that will then be donated to families in NZ.