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Shoe donors kick-start Daegu charity drive

A “Style Your Sole” party in Korea has produced 60 pairs of shoes for kids in need as the first event in a campaign to kick-start regular charity work in Daegu.

The event was organized by Association for Teachers of English in Korea Gyeongbuk Volunteer officer Emily Cashell, who hopes to organize bi-monthly charity events along with new ATEK Gyeongbuk chair Joe Tremblay. 
A volunteer shows shoes she decorated at the Daegu “Style Your Sole” event.
A volunteer shows shoes she decorated at the Daegu “Style Your Sole” event.

Participants at the event each bought a pair of children’s TOMS shoes, decorating 30 pairs to donate to children’s centers in Daegu. The footwear company also donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair that is bought.

“The event went wonderfully,” Tremblay said.

“The centers in Daegu help care for children of single mothers, who face a lot of stigma in Korea.

“We hope to organize a lot more events like this one in future, and find worthwhile volunteer opportunities for people wanting to help out in Daegu.”

Go to “Daegu Gyeongbuk ATEK” Facebook group or email gyeongbuk.chair@atek.or.kr for more information.

For more information on “Style Your Sole” go to www.toms.com.
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