By Barry Gerding - Kelowna Capital News
Published: May 18, 2011 3:00 AM
The remainder are sent to the head distribution centre for the Soles4Souls program in Nevada, where the unwanted shoes are then sent to countries all over the world.
“It’s something I guess that everyone can identify with, we all have shoes in our closets that we don’t wear but could still be useful to people not as fortunate as ourselves,” Belshaw said.
“Otherwise, they just end up in the landfill, so there is a great recycling benefit as well.”
Chris Talbot , a volunteer with Freedom’s Door, non-profit society that uses the Twelve Step program and Christian principles to rehabilitate men struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction, was among the agency representatives collecting shoes for its clients on Tuesday.
“This is a huge benefit as we have 40 guys in the treatment program and many of them don’t have very much,” Talbot said.
He said finding runners for each of their program participants means they can benefit from the exercise routine the program offers through Parkinson Recreation Centre.
The same applies to steel-toed boots that can allow Freedom’s Door participants who are ready to go back into the workforce.
Belshaw said Rotary Clubs across the province have gravitated to the program, many indicating that next year their Rotary clubs will actively support the campaign.
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