Charlize Theron partners with Toms shoes for charity
February 27, 2013
Charlize Theron, who is originally from South Africa, recently paired up with Toms shoes to develop a new shoe that will benefit the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). Theron created this organization back in 2007, and it aims to help African youth stay healthy by teaching them ways to prevent HIV/AIDS, according to E! Online.
Toms works on a match program in which a pair of shoes is given to a child in need every time a pair is purchased. Shoes bought that feature Theron's organization's logo will also help out her charity through a monetary and shoe donation. When it came to collaborating with Toms, Theron knew it was going to be easy, since she has done so twice before.
"We have very similar philosophies and I think, you know, I think our passion lies with youth and I think when we got together that we saw great opportunity to enhance each other's dreams of change in a way that might not have been able to happen if we didn't partner," Theron told the news source.
Blake Mycoskie, Toms shoes founder, believes that her shoes will also help spread awareness of the problem of HIV/AIDS in the area, the media outlet reports.
"When someone sees the shoes and they ask someone about it, they're not just going to say, 'It's a pair of Toms,'" Mycoskie told the news source, "They're going to say, 'This is Charlize's organization. This is what they do. This is what they're committed to. When I bought the shoes, not only did a child get a pair of shoes, but this also help further protect these children from HIV/AIDS.'"