Teachers hope charity laces craze will catch on nationally
TWO TEACHERS at Sevenoaks Prep School are hoping to be at the forefront of a new shoelace craze.
If plans by Robin Collings, 26, and Katherine Wolley, 25, come to fruition, soon every man, woman and child in the country will be wearing lime green laces.
STARTING A NEW TREND: Sevenoaks Prep teachers, from left, Robin Collings and Katherine Wolley with the Haller Foundation's Rebecca Eifion-Jones covered in the lime green laces they hope will become the new charity trend
The project is part of their latest effort to raise money to build village facilities in Kenya.
Earlier in the year they raised £2,500, which went towards the overall cost of £8,000 to build a new school in the African country.
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But Mr Collings said that was not enough and, after some head-scratching, came up with the novel shoelace idea.
"I thought about charity wristbands," he said.
"These became a fashion statement for kids and I toyed with the idea of that.
"From there I don't really know where it came from. I just thought about changing the laces in shoes."
He added they hope to raise enough to build a medical centre.
To begin with they aim to get as many people in Sevenoaks wearing green laces as possible.
Miss Wolley said they are in the process of writing to schools encouraging them to wear them at their sports' days.
Then they hope to roll the project out nationwide.
"At the start of the new football season we're hoping to step it up and contact national teams and hopefully get a bit more exposure," said Miss Wolley.
Their effort is being supported by Haller Foundation fundraiser Rebecca Eifion-Jones, who lives in Shoreham Road, Otford.
The charity exists to build sustainable communities in Africa.
Mrs Eifion-Jones said: "We provide the training so they become self sufficient.
"By putting in a school we're educating them. By providing them with medical facilities they can keep healthy."
The laces cost £1, of which 75p goes directly to the Haller Foundation.
To buy a pair or find out more about the charity call Mrs Eifion-Jones on 01959 525237 or visit www.limegreenlaceappeal. co.uk