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City North Messenger - Wednesday 25 November, 2009

Boy's charity gong
If the shoe fits : Walerville student Josiah Linquist has been recognised for his charity work. Picture: HF434362

JOSI AH Lindqvist knows the true value of a secondhand pair of shoes. The Year 3 St Andrew's School student was last month awarded a Children's Week Association Youth Award for his efforts in donating 2500 pairs of shoes to a community in Malawi, Africa. "I was so nervous, I thought there was no way I could get it (the award) but then I did," the eight year old said. "It started out when one of my aunty's friends came to Australia (from Africa) and told me what was happening in a country called Malawi. "The children have no shoes to walk to school so their feet  get infected and that leads to them dying sometimes." Josiah shared their plight  with classmates and teachers at his Walkerville school  During an assembly. "It got everyone's attention, and then on Walk Safely to School Day everyone brought in a pair of shoes. "Sometimes we just figure out there is something wrong."

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