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Aug 12, 2016

Rangitikei students go barefoot for Syria

Rangitikei College students Elle Welsh, Jermaine Moke and Zac Scott created a national schools fundraising project called Soles For Syria.

12 08 2016

Students with bare feet and wiggling toes have scuttled to Rangitikei College and schools around the country with cash in hand.

The barefoot fundraiser, which saw hundreds of Kiwi students braving the winter chill on Thursday, is called Soles for Syria – a campaign raising money and awareness for displaced Syrian people. 

"We started Soles for Syria as part of a young enterprise scheme and we decided to give the money to people overseas who really needed it," organiser Elle Welsh said.

Rangitikei College students went to school barefoot on Thursday as part of 'Soles For Syria' to raise money. From left, Elle Welsh, Jermaine Moke, and Zac Scott.

The 18-year-old and two friends, Zac Scott, 17, and Jermaine Moke, 16, are aiming to raise $50,000 to go towards supplying necessary items to people affected by war and the refugee crisis. 

Through the enterprise scheme, the students could have run a business and created a product or service, but instead they are raising money and awareness for charity. 

The trio have teamed up with ReliefAid, a charity run by Aucklander Mike Seawright, who through a partnership with British charity Shelter Box delivers supplies into Aleppo City in Syria.

Welsh said the money raised went towards funding items that, in New Zealand, people often had from birth.

"Things like blankets, clothes, tarpaulins, solar lights – not food, but the essentials."

The barefoot fundraiser saw students and staff at Rangitikei College raise about $260 and the Marton Primary School raise more than $100.

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