Soles4Souls Australia (The Butterfly Movement Ltd) was established in 2011 and is based on the theory that when a butterfly flaps its wings on one side of the world it can create a hurricane on the other side. The Butterfly Movement is about making our impact on the world and the lives of others, whether they live next door or across oceans, a positive one. It is through our thoughts, words and actions, we can:
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi”
Soles4Souls Australia collect gently worn and new shoes for children, women and men in need around the world both in Australia and abroad, who are disadvantaged because they do not own shoes or have inadequate footwear.
Shoes improve health and create opportunities including schooling, employment and sport.
The original goal for our inaugural appeal which ran from September 24 until December 24, 2011 was for 10,000 pairs of shoes to be donated over the three month period. The support and interest in the shoe drive saw more than 54,000 pairs of shoes donated from all states and territories in Australia. Today, in total more than 100,000 pairs of shoes have been donated and distributed to people in need.