Ardoch Youth Foundation

Heart and Sole – Making Education a Reality

The Shoe Princess's Guide to the Galaxy author, Emma Bowd, leading the winter collection of clothing and food for the children's education charity Ardoch (Melbourne Weekly, June 2010)

Heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of mums who helped SP Emma Bowd collect many, many vanloads of clothing, shoes and food for her Shoe Princess Ardoch Winter Appeal over the past 4 months.  Word quickly spread amongst her gorgeous Shoe Princesses well beyond Bayside, with families and schools from all over Melbourne participating.  All of the donations were gratefully received by the grass-roots education charity and put to much good use during this, our coldest winter in many years.

In fact, SP Emma Bowd is extremely proud and delighted to announce that the food donation was the single largest ever received by Ardoch…all thanks to the generous and wonderful families of Loreto Mandeville Hall.

I always knew that my Shoe Princesses were gorgeous and fashionable on the outside AND with a magnificent social conscience on the inside! 

Thank you! xx

International Dorothy Day

The Shoe Princess formally decrees that all loyal subjects in her shoedom shall wear sparkly red shoes this New Year’s Eve.

In exchange for donating money or time to any charity working hard for mums, dads, babies and their families.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my darling Shoe Princesses.

Until next year, au revoir.


 SP Emma Bowd and moi have proudly supported the following charities in 2009:


ARDOCH School Shoe Drive


Oceans of thanks to the darling little junior Shoe Princes and Princesses of Bayside Melbourne, who polished and buffed their end-of-school-year black leather shoes and donated them to SP Emma Bowd’s Shoe Princess School Shoe Drive for the Ardoch Youth Foundation.  A staggering 80+ pairs of shoes were collected.  Thank you! xx

Stepping Out – Book ‘Do’ with a Difference

My darling Shoe Princesses

Never have I been more proud to call myself a Shoe PrincessOh, what a night!

SP Emma Bowd joined 120 fellow Shoe Princesses in a shoe shop (yes, the divine Cecci Shoes is a very big shoe shop!) for an evening of fine finger food, wine and much shoe- and book-talk… and shopping!

Most importantly, not only did my SPs kick-up-their-heels, but they were also able to raise funds for the invaluable work of the Ardoch Youth Foundation.  Truly gratifying and an absolutely heavenly atmosphere.

A huge amount of fun was had with the drawing of Raffles from our gorgeous donors; as well as SP Shoe Quizzes, testing the keenest shoe-knowledge for Endota Day Spa Brighton deluxe pedicure vouchers!

Bayside Libraries and Kidna Books ensured that the evening wasn’t completely overrun by shoes and that SP Emma Bowd did her best to enlighten and entertain authors-in-the-making, as well as sign copies of her novel The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy.

SP Emma Bowd and I would like to sincerely thank Mandy Burns, CEO of the Ardoch Youth Foundation for her inspiring and heartwarming talk – there was not a dry eye in the house!  And I’m sure Mandy will be receiving assistance in many guises from my Shoe Princesses to help make education a reality for the students and families in her support networks.  Bravo Shoe Princesses! xx

L-R SP Emma Bowd, Linda Lorenz (Kidna Books), Ali Hill (Bayside Libraries) and Mandy Burns (CEO, Ardoch Youth Foundation)

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