Singaporeans Extend Shoe Drive after Collecting 60,000 Pairs!

Singapore company, Million Lighting Pte Ltd, recently sent a three-container load of 60,000 pairs of gently-used shoes to Soles4Souls and are extending their efforts to collect even more! Million Lighting, Singapore’s oldest lighting company and a trendsetter in providing lighting solutions for any and all needs, is the first company in Singapore and Asia to collaborate with Soles4Souls on such a large-scale shoe drive. From December 1st through December 15th, Million Lighting is committed to continuing to help Soles4Souls Wear Out Poverty! Find out where to donate by visiting our warehouse locations here.

 

What began as a personal effort for Million Lighting’s Chief Operating Officer, Mrs Nana Au-Chua to collect used shoes among friends, soon became a huge shoe collection project when a simple flyer about the shoe drive which her staff has created went viral on social media such as Instagram and Facebook.

The news of the shoe collection galvanised Singaporeans from all walks of life to come forward to participate in a meaningful cause. Companies, organisations and schools also came forward with lorry loads of donated shoes.

“Schoolchildren, including kindergarteners, individuals, families with children, and companies started coming to our company’s warehouse every day with bags full of shoes, and some were new ones too. I was overwhelmed and touched by the generosity of so many Singaporeans willing to give away their shoes, many of which were new or lightly worn,” said Mrs Nana Au-Chua.

Mrs Nana Au-Chua was inspired to start a shoe drive among friends after watching a documentary on how a 12-year old girl single-handedly collected 1,200 pairs of used shoes to help children who could not afford to buy new shoes.

Even shoe manufacturers and shoe retailers donated thousands of pairs of unused but out-of-season shoes to Million Lighting’s warehouse. From a few hundred pairs of donated shoes, it quickly snowballed to 50,000 pairs of shoes within three weeks.

Due to the public’s enthusiastic response, Million Lighting has decided to adopt the Soles4Souls as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project for its own staff. “The shoe drive brought about the spirit of giving and injected new energy into the company,” said Mrs Nana Au-Chua.

The first shoe drive by Million Lighting has inspired several companies and schools in Singapore, including Fajar Secondary School, Shell Petroleum, Hawksford, UPS and Transmarco, to organize similar shoe drives within their organizations.

Million Lighting plans to ramp up their efforts in December 2017. Schools, companies and organizations who are hosting separate shoe drives may also drop off their donated footwear at Million Lighting. Soles4Souls has designated Million Lighting as the key drop-off point for all shoe drives in Singapore.

For more information, please contact: Jay Olea

Contact via Email: soles4souls@millionlighting.com

ALL gently worn or new footwear is accepted!

Donations are accepted Monday – Sunday from 7:00am – 7:00pm 

Address: 203 Kallang Bahru, Million Building, Singapore 339340 | Drop-off is located at Level I Loading Bay | Bus Services 26, 61, 107, 175,853 

 

About Million Lighting Co Pte Ltd

Million Lighting Co Pte Ltd is Singapore’s oldest lighting company and a trendsetter in providing innovative lighting solutions for residential, commercial, technical and architectural lighting needs. Since its establishment in 1967, Million Lighting has evolved into a global lighting company with offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia. It has provided creative lighting solutions in over 20 counties, including Singapore, China, India, Russia, Maldives and the Middle East.