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Shoes transformed into art

Madison Erhardt

Shoe Bank Canada is changing people's lives – one pair of shoes at a time.  

"Social agencies from around the community can refer people to the free shoe store, and they can come down to the store and find a pair of shoes once every three months," says director of operations Sue Ross. 

Shoe Bank's Kelowna warehouse serves about 50 social agencies in the Valley as well as a number of Vancouver and Lower Mainland agencies. 

On Oct. 20, Shoe Bank's My Canvas has Laces event will see custom-painted Converse hi-tops that have been turned into works of art auctioned off for the charity.

"Artists from across Canada have transformed a pair of white Converse shoes to raise awareness for the transformative effect that a pair of shoes can have on a person's sense of well-being," says Ross. 

The night will include live music, live and silent auctions, wine and beer from 50th Parallel and Okanagan Spring Brewery.

The event takes place at the Okanagan Innovation Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome.



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