13/11/2010 06:24 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

How Shopping For Shoes Could Help Save Lives

If you're anything like the MyDaily team, you won't need much of an excuse to go shoe shopping. And despite the obvious health risks involved in wearing heels - tripping over and knocking out your front teeth is one that comes to mind - the self-esteem boost you get from becoming the proud owner of a pair of shiny, new shoes is priceless.

Buy shoes, save lives Buy shoes, help save lives. Photo: Flickr, geishaboy500

And now there's another great reason to indulge. Log on to the Save The Children Killer Heels auction and you won't just bag yourself a pair donated by a top designer or celeb, but the money you spend will help save children's lives in developing countries.

The sad truth is that around 9 million children in countries such as Africa and India die every year from preventable disease such as pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea and measles, diseases that in this country are so easily treated. Save The Children decided to raise money to help tackle the problem by asking for shoe donations to auction on its website - and the response was amazing, says the charity.

So start bidding and you could, for instance, end up with a pair donated by a designer such as Manolo Blahnik, Nicholas Kirkwood, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Fahri or Ted Baker. Or how do you fancy splashing out on a pair previously owned by Sienna Miller, Pixie Lott, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sadie Frost, Samantha Cameron or Nigella Lawson?

The online auction starts today and continues until December 10. Alternatively, why not donate a pair yourself? Just drop them off at one of the charity's shops.

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