In 2012, Katie Boom spent a life-changing five months in a country of monsoon floods, smiling faces and people struggling through poverty: Cambodia.

Inspired by the kids she had befriended in the slums of Phnom Penh, Katie decided to go barefoot for a year back home in New Zealand. And that is how Shoeless was born.

Since 2014 Katie has run an annual Shoeless Day to help raise funds for the children. Every $20 raised will buy a school pack (shoes, uniform, school supplies) for a child’s year of education. To read more about how you and/or your organisation can become involved and help make a difference, click here.

Children receiving their school packs:
kids with packs




Katie Boom was born into the Kiwi version of the von Trapp family, and had her singing debut at three. After completing a BMus in 2011, she travelled to SE Asia, teaching music, and then landed in Cambodia. Katie designed a music curriculum for Prison Fellowship Cambodia and taught in local prisons. It was befriending street and slum children in Phnom Penh that inspired her to live barefoot in NZ and start her charity campaign, Shoeless, in 2012. She’s still barefoot and lives in Wellington where she is doing her Masters degree in music therapy.


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