Pairs of soccer shoes — 120 of them to be exact — are en route from Kamloops to South Africa thanks to the efforts of the Aurora Rotary Club of Kamloops.
But this doesn’t mean people who want to donate soccer cleats have missed the opportunity. Kim Cooper of Aurora said Rotary continues to collect shoes until Nov. 8 with the intention of delivering them to a South African Rotary Club.
Once there, the shoes are circulated to rural towns along with school furniture, stationery and other sporting equipment, said Cooper.
“They give (the shoes) to rural areas where the kids don’t have that much,” she told The Daily News.
Aurora’s primary focus is soccer shoes, but the club has donated school stationery before.
“Our main focus is really the soccer shoes because at this time of the year, people are finishing up their (soccer) season and can get rid of the shoes,” said Cooper.
She said the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association donated a lot of the last shipment.
People are asked to donate cleats they no longer need or ask his or her soccer team to collect shoes. Donations can be dropped off at Flavours of India (550 Columbia St.) or Kamloops Insurance (220-450 Lansdowne St.) next to London Drugs.
Cooper can be reached at 250-374-0595 and is willing to collect donations if that is convenient.
“We want as many shoes as possible,” said Cooper.
Any cleats that aren’t included in the next container shipment will be donated to Soles4Souls, another Rotary project.