WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shuzz Fund, a non-profit organization that provides shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas, announced it has donated 100,000 pairs of shoes in its lifetime, only having existed six years since Rita Lombardo founded the organization.
Fifty percent of the world's population is without proper footwear. 300 million of those people are children. Wearing shoes that fit properly prevents more than 37 diseases and 20 foot disorders. The Shuzz mission is to provide new shoes & lower extremity medical procedures for children throughout the United States and in developing countries. In its sixth year, it has donated more shoes and helped more children than ever before, which has pushed the lifetime achievement to more than 100,000 shoes donated.
We seek to meet one simple need: a pair of shoes that fit properly to protect children from injury and disease, to enhance safety when playing, doing chores and going to school. 100 percent of public donations to Shuzz support ongoing programs: Back-2-School, Youth Athletics, International Relief, Disaster Relief and Medical Missions. Shuzz has been recognized for facilitating relief missions to donate shoes in impoverished communities across the globe. Private donors fund our operating costs so 100% of public donations go straight to buying and distributing shoes. Corporate investments fuel our long-term mission and our ability to scale as an organization, allowing us to remain true to our mission of using 100% of public donations for shoe projects.
"Rita Lombardo founded Shuzz in the summer of 2011 with one simple goal in mind: to make children's lives better by providing an often overlooked necessity to many people in thriving communities. Since the organization's inception, Rita has lead Shuzz (its board, committee and volunteers) to donate thousands of shoes across the United States, Haiti, Japan, Guatemala, Guyana, Nepal, the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica," said Casey Antonelli, Board Member, Shuzz. "Rita's efforts have been recognized both domestically and internationally by many. She has formed partnerships for the charity with some of the top NGO's worldwide, shoe manufacturing companies and the U.S. Embassy. We can't thank her enough for her continued dedication to Shuzz and we congratulate her and everyone involved in our organization on this incredible milestone!"
The Shuzz Fund is volunteer based, with the exception of one full time employee. We have more than 200 volunteers that support Shuzz throughout the year – we call them solegivers. Year round, we accept new volunteers and new shoe donations. We also welcome nearly 1,000 guests to our annual fundraiser, the SHUZZ | ART | FASHION Show which takes place every spring in South Florida.
Shuzz works in partnership with several organizations to identify children in need and coordinate distribution efforts. If you are interested in attending a voluntourism trip to distribute shoes to children, please contact [email protected].
About Shuzz Fund:
Shuzz Fund is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide new shoes to poverty-stricken children throughout the United States and in developing countries. 100 percent of public donations to Shuzz support their ongoing programs: Back-2-School, Youth Athletics, International Relief, Disaster Relief and Medical Procedure Sponsorships. Shuzz has been recognized for facilitating relief missions to donate shoes in impoverished communities across the globe. The Fund is working toward providing new shoes to 10 million children in poverty stricken areas around the world before 2025. For more information, visit: www.shuzz.org or connect via Twitter and Facebook.
Board Member, Shuzz Fund
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