A campaign in the UK called One Step Beyond is hoping to raising Â£160,000 for charity, donate shoes to Asia and Africa, and set a world record at the same time. They’re shooting for a total of 80,000 pairs of shoes by June 17th according to the group’s website, but there are also reports that even 20,000 pairs will do, and that at the moment, they’ve already gathered 16,000 pairs from all over the country.
Even celebrities are getting involved in this project. Sir Elton John is one of the celebs who threw in a pair of shoes for the effort, donating his pair of red platforms, while Emma Thompson donated a pair of Jimmy Choos. Stephen Fry and Daniel Radcliffe responded to an appeal from Jennifer Heilbronn, a 14-year-old girl who has called on her friends and family to support the campaign.
Both celebrities enclosed personal letters with their shoes, in his, Daniel Radcliffe tells Jennifer, â€œWhen I was filming the third Harry Potter film, I knew Iâ€™d be going back to school before I started the fourth film.
â€œHowever, when it came to trying on my old school shoes, they were far too small for me.”
“Luckily the costume department on the Potter films were generous enough to give me the shoes I had worn in the movie and so the shoes Iâ€™m donating were Harryâ€™s first and then mine. And Harry would like to apologise for any odour!”
Heehee, cute. It sounds like a great way to make sure that perfectly serviceable shoes will still be used and taken care of, instead of simply being discarded.