I buy a pair of new trainers every three months and rotate my shoes around so I always have a new pair, a worn in pair and a pair on the way out and I have often thought about what to do with all the shoes.
I had a dream sometime last year about what to do with all the running shoes that were no longer being used to run in and were sat on my shoe rack and I had a chat to one of my friends who works in the missionary field and it looked like I might be able to start collecting shoes to send over to Africa as they were doing it for clothes. I had an idea on my head of doing a big PR campaign around my running friends and getting a huge amount of shoes. So excitedly I emailed him but unfortunately because of tax and duty, shoes were an issue so the door closed on that idea.
I’ve been researching ever since if there are any charities out there doing the same thing, and there are. I’ll list them below. Unfortunately at the moment no shipments are going from Brisbane so I have to wait a bit longer, but if you want to get involved and see how you can help and you’re in any of the places that are doing things, have a look at the links below.
The BM work in partnership with global charity Souls4Souls to collect gently worn shoes for children, women and men in need around the world. At the moment they only have collection points in South Australia but I am hoping they eventually open up to other areas and have emailed them to ask.
You can find out more about Souls4Souls here
Worldly Souls send shoes to Haiti, Africa and the Himalayas. Preferably shoes that have not been worn much. It looks like on their website at the moment that they collect in Sydney although they have stopped for the time being.
You could argue that there are plenty of people here in Australia that also need shoes, and I do donate a lot of shoes and clothes to charity. I just feel that I’d like to donate overseas too to people that need our help too, and getting through as many shoes as I do it was the perfect idea, but it just doesn’t seem to want to happen right now but as soon as I hear about collections for Brisbane I will be sure to post.
If you know of any missions or charities in Brisbane or Queensland that need help do let me know.