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Shoe Drive to Outfit Garden Hill Students for Gym Class

By David Klassen

Children living in Garden Hill First Nation are in desperate need of running shoes.

The Manitoba branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada is holding a shoe drive until Friday, December 28, along with the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association of Canada (NADA).

“We develop and support healthy, culturally appropriate curriculum in partnership with the Kistiganwacheeng Elementary School in Garden Hill First Nation. Many of the children there must do gym class in their socks,” said Val Dunphy, executive director of the Foundation’s Manitoba branch. “We want to help these children get the proper footwear so they can fully partake in healthy habits that may help to prevent chronic kidney disease.”

New or gently used shoes for children ages eight to 12 (grades 3 to 6) will be delivered to the children of Garden Hill in January 2013, in time for their new school term.

Donations can be dropped off at two Winnipeg locations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (excluding December 25 and 26):

  • The Foundation’s office at 1-452 Dovercourt Drive (near Waverley and Scurfield)
  • The NADA downtown office at B1-90 Garry Street (just south of Broadway)

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