Hitting #SouthAfrica with a bang! Shoes For Planet Earth Collect for #PetroSA #MosselBay Township Development Race-The Gift of Giving

Shoes for Planet Earth is a charity that changes lives through the gift of a pair of pre-loved running shoes. www.shoesforplanetearth.com and https://www.facebook.com/ShoesforPlanetEarth

It was incorporated in 2009 in Sydney Australia but Viv Kartsounis and Nick Drayton, both ultra-distance runners. Viv is now called The Shoe Fairy and her passion is the charity.

Viv is a ‘Maritzburg girl who grew up with Comrades on her doorstep and Nick, an Australian, just loves to run.

It all started when they were running the Comrades Marathon in 2009 from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. There was so much poverty along the route that they decided to do something about it.

Being runners and with a large network of running friends they were able to get their first box of pre-loved running shoes together, which they sent to an small rural community in KZN.

With transportation costs so high Viv and Nick soon realised that they would only be able to distribute shoes around Australia; to the homeless, to drug and alcohol addicts, to natural disaster victims, indigenous sporting groups, church groups, orphanages and anyone in need.

For international distribution they would have to rely on donated funds, which are not easy to find.

The charity has expanded rapidly over the years and have to date given away 20,634 pairs.

Shoes are collected from running clubs, sports shops, gyms, schools, clubs, families and anyone who wants to help.

The charity operates all over Australia and well as donating pre-loved running shoes to eight African countries, including South Africa. They also give shoes to eight countries in the Asia Pacific region. With shipping costs so high the aim is to have shoes collected and redistributed within the same country, so shoes collected in South Africa and given back to the people of South Africa.

This is what is hitting South Africa with a bang!! Pre-loved running shoes are being collected throughout the WP for the Township Development Race for MosselBay on the 23rd September. They are aiming to collect 1300 pairs of used running shoes to give to the participants in this race!! http://twitter.com/petrosamarathon

Shoes are being collected at a number of locations including:

ZoneFitness clubs around Cape Town:

· Bellville
· CapeQuarter
· Parow
· Zone on the Square
· Wynberg
· Brackenfell
· WomenCape Town,
· Cape Town CBD
· Durbanville
· Milnerton
· Rondebosch
· Willowbridge

Find directions to the nearest ZoneFitness club www.zonefitness.co.za/clubs/index

For more details and to arrange an alternative pick up or drop off point, please contact Edeline on email edmutize

Contact details in Australia are:
CEO: Viv Kartsounis
Shoes for Planet Earth Inc
SydneyNSW Australia 2120
email: info


Together we can change the lives of so many people through the gift of a pair of pre-loved running shoes.

Help us to make a difference! Clean your old running shoes and tie them together in pairs and donate them to a location near you.

Please help put a smile on someone’s feet!

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