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Safety boots sent to Haiti earthquake victimsPosted on 15/01/2010

Safety boots sent to Haiti earthquake victims

Thousands of pairs of shoes, including safety boots, are being sent to Haiti to help the victims of the earthquake there.

Soles4Souls and Kiwi Shoe Care have joined forces to provide footwear, food, water, medical supplies and blankets to those affected by the quake, which happened on Tuesday afternoon.

It is feared 100,000 people could be dead and millions have been affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

'As we struggle to comprehend the magnitude of this disaster, it's easy to forget how important basic necessities - such as shoes - will be in the ongoing rescue and rebuilding efforts,' said Wayne Elsey, founder and chief executive officer of Soles4Souls.

Many international aid efforts are underway, but getting help to those in need is difficult as the quake has destroyed much of the area's infrastructure.

Haiti has faced many natural disasters over the years, with severe storms devastating the country twice last decade.

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