|Shoes & Two Philanthropic Girls|
Would you be willing to spend only one day without shoes when you walk out your door to do daily work? Every day, in our modern world, more than 300 million poverty-stricken children and adolescents walk barefoot on rocks, mud and sand because they don’t have shoes.
Furthermore, many of these children or adolescents develop infections or ambulatory disorders as a result. Founded nine years ago, the non-profit organization “Soles4Souls” has been working to fight this global difficulty. Since 2005, this organization has gathered more than 13 million pairs of shoes for the needy through the help of philanthropic individuals. The organization is proud of the fact that at an average rate of every seven seconds, it is able to provide shoes to a needy person somewhere around the world. Now, the organization’s goal for the year of 2011 has been set at the gathering of 11 million shoes, towards which several million have already been collected.
As former president and founder of the LATTC Pre-Health Society, Sara Heikali brought the idea of collecting shoes for Soles4Souls to the attention of the LATTC Pre-Health Society, believing that “taking preventative measures toward disease is just as important as finding a cure.” Sara Heikali discussed how “Souls4Soles prevents diseases and ailments of the foot bygiving the needy shoes to wear.” As current president of LATTC Pre-Health Society, Niloo Rivani quickly demonstrated initiative with other board members by starting a campus shoe-drive and integrating it into pre-health professional seminars and events on campus. Niloo Rivani explains that “Soles4Souls became a great avenue for raising more awareness of the podiatry profession among students at LATTC, many of whom had little knowledge of the healthcare profession before the shoe-drive.” Miss Rivani and Miss Heikali’s hard work alongside other board members resulted in the collection of over 200 shoes in just the first few months of the shoe drive. “Soles4Soles’ mission has helped our group understand the full value of public health,” exclaimed Niloo Rivani.
Miss Sara Heikali and Miss Nilloo Rivani have since gathered over hundreds of shoes and sent them to Soles4Souls.
Miss Sara Heikali graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology and accounting, and is completing a master’s in business administration at Loyola Marymount University. She is also currently studying to become a Doctor of Optometry at Southern California College of Optometry.
Miss Niloo Rivani graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in history, and will begin studying towards a master’s degree—physician assistant, starting in fall 2012.
We wish these two philanthropic girls much success in their professional endeavors.
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