Twins Surina & Suriya Gadh Raise $16,000 for Soles4Souls with Sweet 16 Shoeball Fundraiser
Twins Surina & Suriya Gadh Raise $16,000 for Soles4Souls with Sweet 16 Shoeball Fundraiser
Twins Surina & Suriya Gadh Raise $16,000 for Soles4Souls with Sweet 16 Shoeball Fundraiser
At just 16 years old, twins Surina and Suriya Gadh, from American Heritage Schools, Broward Campus, have already accomplished something remarkable. With a vision for change and a heart for service, these juniors, part of the Class of 2025, organized a spectacular event that not only celebrated their milestone birthdays but also made a significant impact on communities around the world.

The twins turned 16 in October of 2023 and in March 2024, Suriya and Surina hosted a unique "Shoeball" charity event, turning their traditional Sweet 16 party into a philanthropic extravaganza. With 150 guests in attendance, including a representative from Soles4Souls, the atmosphere was filled with excitement and purpose. Instead of gifts, they asked for donations for their cause. They had boxes available for those who wanted to bring shoes to the event and QR Codes displayed with a link to their fundraising page for those who wanted to make a monetary contribution. 

The highlight of the evening? A hands-on activity where attendees grouped together to process rubber-banded shoes into bundles of 20, mimicking the process used by Soles4Souls to bundle and distribute footwear to those in need. The twins' dedication to the cause was evident as they explained their journey from collecting shoes beginning in sixth grade to raising funds for the organization.
Twins Surina & Suriya Gadh Raise $16,000 for Soles4Souls with Sweet 16 Shoeball Fundraiser
 
Suriya and Surina's involvement with Soles4Souls began five years ago, driven by their desire to make a lasting difference. Because they were a grade level ahead, they couldn't attend the places their friends were volunteering because of the age restrictions, so they had to get creative. That's how they found out about the Soles4Souls shoe drive option.
 
Every year since then, they have organized shoe drives, and monetary donations for the organization. They have placed boxes in temples, schools, and doctors' offices and collected donations from friends and families. They have a social media account for their shoe drives, and the Soles4Souls organization helps promote their efforts as well. 
 
Over the years, they've collected over 16,000 pairs of shoes ($16,000 as each pair is equivalent to $1) to be distributed to impoverished individuals worldwide. Recognizing the transformative power of a single pair of shoes, the twins redirected their focus this year, aiming to raise an EXTRA $16,000 to support Soles4Souls' programs. Because of their incredible dedication and efforts, they are being sponsored by Soles4Souls to go to Guatemala with their mom to distribute the shoes in person and see the other side of the process firsthand. 
 
Suriya and Surina's dedication to service extends beyond their fundraiser. They also support other organizations and are engaged in various extracurricular activities at American Heritage Schools. Suriya is part of the Pre-Law Program, Speech & Debate team, Mock Trial team, Key Club, National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and wants to study Juvenile Law. Surina is part of the Pre-Medical Program, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), National Honor Society, Science Honors Society, and Key Club, and would like to pursue a medical career. 
 
These remarkable young women embody the values of compassion and commitment to making the world a better place. We are incredibly proud of Suriya and Surina's achievements. Their initiative, leadership, and passion serve as an inspiration to us all. Let's rally behind them, support their cause, and, together, create positive change that transcends borders and transforms lives. 
 
By donating to Surina and Suriya's fundraiser, you're not just contributing to a one-time event; you're investing in sustainable change. Every dollar raised translates to economic opportunities for families and communities, providing them the means to access education, necessities, and ultimately, a brighter future.
 
Join Suriya and Surina in their mission to break the cycle of poverty. Visit their donation page HERE and contribute to their goal of raising $16,000 for Soles4Souls. Your generosity will empower individuals, create jobs, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need.
 
Thank you to Surina, Suriya, and the Gadh family for your generosity and compassion!