Group Working to Break Shoe Record
COLUMBIA - A group that works to bring clean water and other aid to poor communities began its attempt Friday to break a world record. The non-profit organization Shoeman Water Projects held shoe drives at Mid-Missouri schools and business for weeks to collect enough shoes to challenge the standing Guinness Book of World Records mark of 20,100 shoes in a row.
Volunteers at Stankowski Field on MU's campus unloaded the more than five moving trucks full of donated shoes Friday. They will begin lining up the new and gently used shoes heel-to-toe at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
The shoe chain will spell out "WATER" because water is exactly what the shoes will eventually bring to desperate families in Kenya. The shoes are sold for pennies on the dollar, sometimes even for a pineapple or basket of eggs, to those who have no shoes. The earnings from shoe sales are used to finance well digging operations to bring fresh water to people in Kenya.
The Shoeman Water Project had 21,400 shoes set to line up on Friday afternoon. If you would like to be a part of the record, you can donate your gently used shoes at the Student Recreation Center on MU's Campus, or help line up the shoes on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.