Decorated canvas shoes to be distributed to needy children. Photo by Don Gurugay

SINGAPORE – St. Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School has come up with a novel idea for its students’ Community Involvement Programme.

In a project which began in February, the school has been collecting white canvas shoes and decorated by the Art teacher and her class. The shoes are then distributed to needy children in Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Myanmar, Haiti and Chile.

In line with the school’s value of compassion, the project was started so as to allow students learn empathy for others. It also motivated them to purposefully paint the shoes, drawing from their creativity and talent.

The ongoing project, themed ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’, has collected 120 shoes with 38 pairs going to needy students in the Fengshan constituency in Bedok North, and a similar number going to children in Haiti.

The public is invited to donate white canvas shoes at the school’s general office (1600 Bedok North Avenue 4) from Mondays to Fridays, 8.00am to 6.00pm.
By Don Gurugay

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