Shoe Clinic donates $10K of Shoes

Left: Marcus Howie (Active Families Advisor), Kayne Gartner (Active Teens participant), Katrina Gemmell (Active Team Leader) and Nick Birchfield (Director of Shoe Clinic).


Shoe Clinic has donated over 40 pairs of shoes worth close to $10,000 to support Sport Manawatu and their ‘Active Team’ to give more people the opportunity to participate in sport and active recreation. As a not for profit organisation, the support from local businesses is vital, as it provided us the opportunity to make a difference within our community and potentially change someone’s life.
The ‘Active Team’ cover the Manawatu, Tararua, and Horowhenua regions organising programmes such as the Active Families and Active Teens Green Prescription (GRx) programmes. Green Prescription is a script with a difference that allows health professionals to refer their patients or the patients’ families to become more physically active and live a healthier lifestyle as part of a new health plan facilitated by Sport Manawatu.

Marcus Howie, Active Families Advisor for Sport Manawatu is ‘stocked’ with the new partnership with Shoe Clinic. “It is simply crazy, we see so many kids at our programmes with crocs, sandals and bare feet, because of the cost involved in buying a new pair of shoes. Nick has really supported our programme by providing us the opportunity to giveaway suitable footwear to allow kids to fully participate and make a positive change to their lifestyle.”

Kane Garnter, 11-year-old is the proud owner of a new pair of runners given to him by Shoe Clinic.  Kane was excited, “this will help me get better at my running,” he said. Kane’s family was referred to the programme on account of his 6-year-old brother Jayden, who has ADHD.  Aunty Debbie Kotlowski is one of Kane’s primary caregivers, and her daughter, 12-year-old Fania, has also joined in the family efforts to adopt a healthier lifestyle. She said a pair of shoes would make a great difference. “It’s a big thing for the family, to think of spending a week’s grocery money on a pair of shoes. “Kayne will probably live in them.”

Nick Birchfield, the Director of Shoe Clinic Palmerston North states “as a locally owned business, we take a lot of pride in supporting our local community. It gives me great satisfaction to work with Sport Manawatu and together we are really making a real difference to get more people active in moving confidently and comfortably.”