Helping Hoops & Culture Kings are proud to announce the launch of the Kicks for Kids campaign, which is a shoe drive to help collect second hand shoes for underprivileged children of the Philippines. The Philippines is a country in-love with basketball. The love of the game, however, far exceeds the facilities enjoyed by local children, and many play barefoot, or in flip flops, on dilapidated hoops erected on street corners. Helping Hoops Executive Director, Adam McKay, has long been a follower of Filipino basketball, and admired the way the sport gives a positive outlet for disadvantaged kids. Adam recently met Stephen Tia, a Filipino basketball coach currently living in Melbourne, and after hearing about his work back home, was eager to see how the Helping Hoops community could help.
Stephen, before coming to Australia, worked in the Philippines with underprivileged kids, including orphans and children who were unable to attend school due to having to work to help their families. Although fixing the problems facing such children is beyond the efforts of Helping Hoops, one way that we could help quickly presented itself - shoes!Shoes are a luxury for the kids mentioned above, and any shoes, even the worn-out kicks you would probably throw away rather than donate, can make a world of difference to a child in need. Helping Hoops, through Kicks for Kids, aims to collect 500 pairs of second-hand shoes from our supporters here in Melbourne, and ship them over to the Philippines where they will be distributed to some very appreciative children. A drop-off network has been established at the Culture Kings Melbourne store. So, please have a look in your cupboard! No matter the size or style, we want them.
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