On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, BioPed closed its clinic doors, dispersing clinicians and staff to chosen Salvation Army shelters nationwide to distribute footwear and conduct routine foot assessments and foot-related education for those individuals who do not necessarily have access to adequate footcare and footwear.
For many of us, footwear is synonymous with fashion. For the country’s most vulnerable; however, a pair of shoes is poverty’s most visible mark.
“We often take footwear for granted,” said Robin Schleien, President and CEO of BioPed Franchising Inc. “But, in fact, many Canadians – children and adults – either go without decent shoes or have none at all. We created the goodytwoshoes foundation to help fulfill this basic need.”
Established in March of 2010, goodytwoshoes aims to give the gift of comfort, activity and better foot health to thousands of Canadians. Since then, thousands of gently-loved shoes have been donated by patients of the more than 45 BioPed full-service clinics across Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Colombia.
Now, with hopes of expanding the program to a greater number of less fortunate people, BioPed has partnered with The Salvation Army to contribute to their National Dignity Project.
Jacquie Snider, C Ped (C), BioPed-Vaughan, is enthusiastic about taking part in Dignity Day. “I look forward to making a difference in individual lives,” she explained. “In the past, we’ve supported larger charities, but this is the first time we’ve undertaken such a grass-roots initiative. Even our customers are excited. They have filled our shoe bin over and over again.”
How you can help
Visit www.bioped.com for more information about the goodytwoshoes foundation and BioPed products and services.
About BioPed Franchising Inc.
The leading provider of lower limb healthcare in Canada, the BioPed Franchising Inc. network includes more than 60 pedorthic clinics across British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario. Staffed by Canadian Certified Pedorthists, BioPed clinics provide a full range of lower limb and foot-related products and services including in-house fabrication, fitting and adjusting of custom orthotics, custom and non-custom lower limb braces, compression stockings for men and women and a full range of orthotic-friendly footwear.