In Your Shoes

In Your Shoes was founded by Kids Off The Kerb volunteer, Fran Davide, and was piloted throughout several schools in Melbourne during 2008. Since then, In Your Shoes has received great support from students participating in the University of Melbourne’s Student Ambassador Leadership Program who have helped expand the project. More than 100 schools have now participated in the In Your Shoes program and more than 50,000 pairs of shoes have been collected.

The program operates as follows. Individuals or groups organise a shoes collection program (either over several days or weeks) and, upon completion, Kids Off The Kerb arranges to pick up the shoes and transport them to its warehouse space in Thomastown, Victoria, where they are then sorted. Depending on the quality and quantity of the shoes received, they are recycled or redistributed to disadvantaged individuals and communities directly through Kids Off The Kerb’s outreach projects; or by export to developing countries.

Information packs with guidelines and marketing materials have been prepared to assist schools with their In Your Shoes collection. Interested schools are invited to download our Information Booklet for Schools. Our corporate info pack is coming soon.

Aside from schools, Kids Off The Kerb also welcomes the participation of other groups in the In Your Shoes program including companies and community organisations. Runners and running event organisers have been a good source of collections for In Your Shoes. In 2012, Kids Off The Kerb collected shoes at the Run Melbourne and the Tough Mudder event at Phillip Island.

For more information, please email inyourshoes@kidsoffthekerb.org.