Portishead shoe trader’s appeal for help to join African charity trip
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:15 26 July 2018
A Portishead business owner is looking for volunteers to join her on a trip to Africa next year.
Tanya Marriott, who runs SoleLution in High Street, is planning her second visit to the Jolaurabi School in Kenya in January.
Last year she linked up with charity Educate the Kids, a charity which gives disadvantaged children in Africa the chance of education, and set up an in-store collection point for people to hand in their old, but still in good condition, shoes.
Tanya then took the 300 pairs, which were donated in just two days, to be split between the school and the Za Foundation.
She will travel with her husband and two children, and is looking for others to help transport the donations.
Tanya said: “People are being extremely generous donating school shoes their children have grown out of, but we have been told if we ship them out there are no guarantees they will reach the pupils they are intended for so we need to take them out personally.
“The charity does not have funds for expenses so our trips are completely self-funded. Many volunteers, however, fundraise to cover the cost of their travel and accommodation.
“I would love to hear from anyone interested in travelling to Kenya with us in January to help get the shoes out there, whether they want to be hands on at the school during their stay or just want to deliver the shoes and then take a break on safari or sightseeing.
“Education gives the children hope they will be able to escape poverty in the future.
“Many of them have a long walk to get to school each day and the shoes we take out help protect their feet from disease, as well as making the walk to and from school more comfortable.”
A shoe collection is running at the Portishead shop and for every pair donated a £1 voucher will be given towards new shoes in store.
Tanya is also organising a concert for the Jolaurabi School in October.
The event will see the school’s choir perform at Somerset Hall in The Precinct during a tour of the UK.
Tanya is also hoping the students will spend the day at Portishead Primary School and High Down Junior School.
To volunteer to join Tanya on the trip, email email@example.com