A new life for Kanha
In 2005, seven-year-old Kanha from Cambodia became a victim of a war that finished before she was born.
The little girl lost her leg in an accident with an unexploded bomb near her home. Soon after, she visited our rehabilitation centre and was fitted with her first prosthetic leg. Today, she still visits the centre to receive physiotherapy and to have her leg adjusted and replaced.
Read more about Kanha, who was just seven when her life changed forever.
On Saturday morning at 7.15am I was on BBC Essex radio saying ‘bring your shoes!’
How did you spread the word?
We put adverts in the papers and went on local radio. We also put posters up in the shopping precinct saying bring your shoes on Saturday.
On Saturday morning at 7.15am I was on BBC Essex radio saying ‘bring your shoes’. A lot of people who had heard the broadcast brought shoes along.
I also paid £10 to put something about the pyramid on Facebook. It went to every female between 30 and 60 with a Facebook page in the Chelmsford area. It was accessed by 6,500 people.
Heather in front of the Pyramid with fellow Chelmsford Soroptimists and the local Mayor and Mayoress. © Tom Shelton/HI
What were the highlights?
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford came down. We got lovely feedback from them. They wrote us a letter afterwards to say how happy they were to have attended and been part of it. Our Regional President and members from other clubs also came along. A lot of them had donated shoes, so they wanted to see what we had done with them! Our local MP, Simon Burns, is a personal friend of mine. He couldn’t be there because of a family event but wished us good luck.
Members of the public said the pyramid looked fantastic
Was it a success?
It was definitely worth it. It raised a lot of awareness and interest in both organisations (Soroptimist International and HI). Members of the public said the pyramid looked fantastic. Because HI had a petition, we were also able to approach passers-by and get lots of signatures. It was partly because of this that I was invited along to Number 10 when the petition was handed in. That was really good and a direct result of what we did on the day.
The Pyramids are not the only way that Heather has lent her support to HI's campaigns over the years. She has organised numerous events to raise awareness about our work and during ten years as webmaster for the Soroptimist's UK Programme Action Committee, she regularly featured articles about our joint work to give a voice to the victims of explosive weapons.
On behalf of HI’s team, and all the people like Kanha that we support, a big thank you to Heather and all the Soroptimist International members across the UK!
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