Soles4Souls campaign concludes with over 2,000 pairs collected

 

 

Kayla Fiala received the help of Re/Max realtor Brad Bondy and some of her friends during her Soles4Soles campaign. Fiala raised the 2,000 pairs of shoes she was hoping for. From left: Bondy, Kayla Fiala, Jenna Fiala, Nathan Salvati, Michael Nasello, Joshua Heymans.

Kayla Fiala received the help of Re/Max realtor Brad Bondy and some of her friends during her Soles4Soles campaign. Fiala raised the 2,000 pairs of shoes she was hoping for. From left: Bondy, Kayla Fiala, Jenna Fiala, Nathan Salvati, Michael Nasello, Joshua Heymans.

By Ron Giofu

 

Kayla Fiala accomplished her goal and people in underprivileged countries will be the beneficiaries.

Fiala, a Grade 12 student at General Amherst High School, surpassed her target in the Soles4Souls campaign she started last November. With the help of local Re/Max realtor Brad Bondy, she took her collection of shoes to Mississauga on the weekend so they can be taken to where they are needed. Mississauga is where one of the Soles4Souls head offices is located.

“I collected over 2,000 pairs of shoes,” said Fiala. “I’m pretty excited about that. They’ll be shipped to all parts of the world to help people in need.”

Among the organizations and businesses that helped Fiala with the Soles4Souls campaign were the Amherstburg Police Service, Little Buddies Day Care, Gumballs and Overalls, Capri Pizza, Anderdon Day Care, Hidden Treasures, The Kids Shoppe, Rotary LaSalle, L.A Hairstyles, Seasons Amherstburg, Bright Child Montessori, Ambiance Hair Design, the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Tire Amherstburg, the Libro Centre and General Amherst High School.

Kayla Fiala's Soles4Soles campaign resulted in a lot of support from her school and the community, which included the General Amherst girls hockey team.

Kayla Fiala’s Soles4Soles campaign resulted in a lot of support from her school and the community, which included the General Amherst girls hockey team.

Fiala added she is grateful to everyone that donated to her drive. In addition to the satisfaction of being able to help others, Fiala is hopeful of gaining a scholarship through her efforts. She admitted there were points where she was unsure if she would be able to reach her target of 2,000 pairs of shoes.

“I didn’t think I’d be able but I did so I’m happy about it,” she said.

Bondy said he got involved when Fiala called the office and sought assistance. He offered use of a trailer he uses for business and that is what was used to transport the shoes to Mississauga.

“I love being part of the community,” said Bondy. “Amherstburg and Essex County have been very good to me over the years. I love giving back.”

Soles4Souls is a not-for-profit organization that helps donate shoes to people in poor countries. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has collected and distributed 26-million pairs of new shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world.

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