We’ve been talking about it for months and are excited that the international day of giving is finally here. We have so much happening and hope that you too are getting involved in our version of #GivingTuesday.

#GivingShoesday

Last year we were able to make and distribute 25,888 pairs of protective shoes to people affected by leprosy or lymphatic filariasis. They make such a difference to people’s lives enabling them to walk pain-free, ensuring they can still carry on working and earning a living as well as helping to minimise the stigma around these diseases.

All of this only costs £3 and with £6 you can provide a person with two pairs of shoes that will see them through the year.

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Online

To keep our shoe theme going we’re asking people to ‘show us their shoes’ on social media. Already we’ve had some celebrity tweet in, just take a look here. If you’d like to show us your shoes just use #GivingShoesday to do so.

We’re also asking people to donate a pound a pair- that’s £1 for every pair of shoes you own. For some that’ll just be a couple of pounds but for those who love a shoe shop it could be a little more.

Local

Our office is based in Colchester and the local community are really getting behind #GivingShoesday. La Baguette, a local sandwich shop, are donating £1 from every Christmas sandwich they sell today while the Colchester branch of Barclays is hosting an information stand where people can see our work in shoes for themselves.

Other offices in the area are wearing their favourite pair of shoes to the office and some staff are even paying to guess just how many pairs their boss owns.

International

A bit further afield and our partners, Pavers, are actually in India right now visiting the shoe vans they have helped to fund. You can read more about what are vans do and how our technicians work here, but Stuart Paver and his wife Rachel went to see for themselves.

From this particular van we are set to reach 5000 pairs of shoes produced at the end of November – that’s tomorrow!

For more information on #GivingTuesday and further ways you can get involved, click here.