Warwick sports groups pay best footwear forward in GIVIT shoe campaign

Warwick Stadium's Bruce Stuart, volunteer Boston Rhodes and GIVIT WA manager Travis Fitch. Picture: Brian Smyth.
Warwick Stadium's Bruce Stuart, volunteer Boston Rhodes and GIVIT WA manager Travis Fitch. Picture: Brian Smyth.

HUNDREDS of sports shoes collected in Warwick have found a fitting purpose 600km away.

A campaign run by charity GIVIT has delivered 250 pairs of donated used and new shoes to Kalgoorlie-Boulder youngsters.

Warwick Stadium was the collection point for the shoes during the two-week campaign, supported by Stirling Senators Basketball Club, Warwick Workout and Warwick Women’s Workout.

GIVIT’s WA manager Travis Fitch said the region had significant levels of disadvantage, with many families struggling to provide appropriate footwear for school or sporting activities.

“Having children of my own who are entrenched in sport, I know how quickly they outgrow their shoes,’’ Mr Fitch said. “The frustrating thing for many parents is knowing that their kids’ basketball boots still have plenty of life in them, but no one to enjoy them to the full.

“Warwick Stadium’s shoe campaign connected with so many people and it really was a thrill to see a metro community reach out to support a regional need in such a powerful and practical way.”

True Brothers Social Club is distributing the shoes, delivered by Centurion Transport, to the children who need them in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area.

Club founder and president Craige Anderson said many people in regional schools needed help finding shoes to fit their needs.

“It’s just not right that kids are rocking up to school or sport without the right clothes,” he said.

For more information, visit givit.org.au.