Shoe Bank fundraiser set for Saturday

Slide off your flip-flops and sneakers to join in the Barefoot on the Boardwalk fundraiser.

For the shoe charity that puts footwear on those in need, it seemed only fitting that its annual fundraiser would give participants a chance to “walk a mile in their shoes.”

The Kelowna-based Shoe Bank Canada is hoping as many as 300 people will slide off their flip-flops and sneakers to join in the upcoming Barefoot on the Boardwalk fundraiser.

“We’re all about putting shoes on people’s feet, and charities need income to make good things happen,” said Shoe Bank Canada co-founder Jim Belshaw.

“There are so many runs and walks in this city, we wanted to do something a little different and make it meaningful to our mission, as well as fun and family-friendly.”

Barefoot on the Boardwalk, which takes place Saturday, will see participants gather at Kelowna City Park Boardwalk (near the water park at Hot Sands Beach) before walking two kilometres barefoot.

About 130 people registered for the inaugural Barefoot on the Boardwalk, which raised critical shipping and operational funds for the shoe bank.

Registration for Saturday’s Barefoot on the Boardwalk event is $20 for individuals and $100 for a team of six. Each registrant will receive a T-shirt and a bottle of water. Register online at FreshAir.ca or in person at both Fresh Air locations and at Roy’s Shoes until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Last-minute registrants will be accepted from 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the event.

“For every dollar we raise, we can put a pair of shoes on someone,” said Belshaw.