Coast libraries join African shoe appeal
  • Wednesday 25 March 2009

Sunshine Coast Libraries are joining an appeal by ABC radio to send shoes to Africa.

When 612 ABC Brisbane presenter Madonna King aired a recent story about an Australian businessman who was shocked by the poverty he saw on a trip to Livingstone, Zambia, Sunshine Coast callers joined the flood of those jamming the station’s switchboard with offers of help.

They were keen to join the station’s appeal that aims to collect 30,000 pairs of shoes over the next three weeks, using libraries as the collection point for donated shoes.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot was contacted and asked if council’s libraries would take part in the appeal so that Coast residents had somewhere to drop off donated shoes – and he agreed straight away.

From Thursday 26 March, residents can drop off shoes at any Sunshine Coast Library. Both adult and children’s shoes are needed. Shoes should be:

  • In reasonable condition (they don't need to be brand new, but please ensure that they are wearable)
  • Practical (walking, sports, football or business shoes are fine, but please no stilettos or other impractical shoes)
  • Delivered to any Sunshine Coast library (listed below) with laces tied together, in a plastic bag with the size number clearly written on the side.

Council is seeking sponsorship from a local transport firm to take the shoes to Brisbane, before they are freighted to Africa. Further information about Marching into Africa can be found at council’s website at or on the ABC website.

Sunshine Coast Library Locations:

Beerwah Library Peachester Rd, Beerwah. Tel: 5494 0221
Caloundra Library Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. Tel: 5491 1255
Coolum Beach Library Park Street, Coolum. Tel: 5446 3122
Kawana Library Nanyima Street, Buddina. Tel: 5444 8022
Kenilworth Library Elizabeth Street, Kenilworth. Tel: 5446 0101
Maleny Library 5 Coral Street, Maleny. Tel: 5429 6222
Maroochydore Library 44 Sixth Avenue, Cotton Tree. Tel: 5475 8900
Nambour Library Cnr Currie and Bury Streets, Nambour. Tel: 5441 8332
Noosa Library Wallace Park, Wallace Drive, Noosaville. Tel: 5442 4411