This time the Pyramid of Shoes would be in Chelmsford as part of the annual Forgotten 10 Challenge campaign. The event, which took place in December 2014, was a resounding success. We caught up with Heather to find out more.
What prompted you to do another Pyramid of Shoes?
It was ten years since we’d worked with HI on the Pyramid of Shoes in Trafalgar Square and I said it might be a nice idea to do it again. As I found out recently, in some countries, many of the deminers are women. And, worldwide, women and children make up more than half of the victims of landmines and cluster bombs. So it’s terribly important to educate people. There are too many people losing limbs and lives over this.
How did you go about organising it?
I am very fortunate that a friend of mine is manager of the High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford. I contacted him and said we’d like to build a nice pyramid. I sent him an extract of HI’s guide to building a pyramid and he said, “Right, I’ll get my carpenters on to that.” It was brilliant.
The shoes were piled so high, I could hardly see out of the car!
As I did ten years ago, I contacted Soroptimist International clubs in our region and asked them to donate unwanted shoes. I collected the shoes at a regional meeting the week before the event. When I drove home afterwards, the shoes were piled so high I could hardly see out of the car!
We stuck all the shoes on the pyramid framework. I wanted lots of shoes on there before we started. I didn’t want it to look like a miserable thing. We also arranged for a recycling company to collect the shoes afterwards.