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Kicks For Kids Campaign Launched to Get Shoes to Needy Kids

By 27/09/2015News

Helping Hoops is proud to announce the launch of the Kicks for Kids campaign, which is a shoe drive to help collect second hand shoes for underprivileged children of the Philippines.

The Philippines is a country in-love with basketball. The love of the game, however, far exceeds the facilities enjoyed by local children, and many play barefoot, or in flip flops, on dilapidated hoops erected on street corners.

Helping Hoops Executive Director, Adam McKay, has long been a follower of Filipino basketball, and admired the way the sport gives a positive outlet for disadvantaged kids. Adam recently met Stephen Tia, a Filipino basketball coach currently living in Melbourne, and after hearing about his work back home, was eager to see how the Helping Hoops community could help.

Kicks For Kids Campaign Launched to Get Shoes to Needy Kids

Stephen, before coming to Australia, worked in the Philippines with underprivileged kids, including orphans and children who were unable to attend school due to having to work to help their families. Although fixing the problems facing such children is beyond the efforts of Helping Hoops, one way that we could help quickly presented itself – shoes!

Shoes are a luxury for the kids mentioned above, and any shoes, even the worn-out kicks you would probably throw away rather than donate, can make a world of difference to a child in need. Helping Hoops, through Kicks for Kids, aims to collect 500 pairs of second-hand shoes from our supporters here in Melbourne, and ship them over to the Philippines where they will be distributed to some very appreciative children.

Kicks For Kids Campaign Launched to Get Shoes to Needy Kids

A drop-off network has been established, with local retailers Sportsmart, Culture Kings and Kickz 101 all putting their hand up to host donation boxes.

So, please have a look in your cupboard! No matter the size or style, we want them. Please see the drop-off station locations below, or please contact us on 1300 851 810 if you are unable to make it to any of these locations so we can make alternative arrangement.

Thank you.


  • KICKZ 101 – 259-263 Collins St, Melbourne 3000
  • CULTURE KINGS – 1 Queen St, Melbourne 3000
  • SPORTSMART MOORABBIN – 83-85 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin 3189
  • SPORTSMART NORTHCOTE – 387-393 High Street, Northcote 3070
  • SPORTSMART CASEY – Shop 20, Cranbourne Homemaker Centre, Cnr South Gippsland Hwy & Thompsons Rd, Cranbourne 3977
  • SPORTSMART KILSYTH – 1/115 Canterbury Rd, Kilsyth 3137

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