For a company committed to “healthy feet, better lives”, seeing Australian communities and individuals struggling with debilitating foot problems while not having the means to change their situation is devastating. With over 300,000 Australians trusting My FootDr to care for their feet every year, helping disadvantaged families with their lifelong form of mobility – their feet – is close to our hearts. So, for the past year, we’ve been working alongside Footscape to make a real difference for many – and we couldn’t be happier with what we have achieved together so far.
Today, we thought we’d share with you the impact to the lives of many Australians that has been made over the past 12 months – and the work that will continue as we extend our partnership and support for the next year. As an overview, we’re grateful to have helped deliver:
- Over $15,000 of resources
- $5000 of medical supplies to create foot health kits
- Around 100 pairs of New Balance shoes for the Children’s Orthotic Project
- Helped increase the space at their distribution centre in Rosanna, Melbourne
Children’s Orthotic Project
With Footscape’s funding of two hundred pairs of orthotics for financially disadvantaged children with foot problems, the New Balance runners we provided were used to accommodate these orthotics and help these children with their schooling.
Footscape has also distributed over 24,000 pairs of socks to the homeless, asylum seekers, Aboriginal persons, financially disadvantaged children and victims of domestic violence. This number is set to surpass 30,000 pairs by the conclusion of the 2019 calendar year – an incredible effort in such a short time.
Foot Care Kits
Using our donations, Footscape has now distributed 300 foot-care kits to Aboriginal persons, homeless persons and asylum seekers. These kits include tools to help promote daily self-care practices amongst disadvantaged persons at risk of foot problems. Going forward, we plan to help increase the distribution of these kits throughout various Australian regions.
Our Footscape Partnership For 2019-2020
We are proud to continue to support Footscape for the next year as they increase their support with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) office. This will help provide runners as part of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign and promote physical activity for twenty-five identified teenage girls at risk of homelessness.
To better understand the importance of this campaign, these girls are among DHHS’ most vulnerable as they are unable to stay with their families, be placed in care with extended family or into foster care, often due to significant behaviour issues. This makes their health and wellbeing a significant issue. Accordingly, Footscape has already organised and distributed thirty-two pairs of runners and sixty pairs of socks, and My FootDr will endeavour to continue its support for 2019-2020.
Footscape is an Australian charity that assists disadvantaged individuals and communities predisposed to debilitating foot pathologies. You can learn more about the work they do and even get involved by clicking here.
We’re excited to see what we can do together with Footscape over the next year and will keep you updated with the work being done!