Monday, May 28, 2007

Soles4Souls Announces Shoe Drive at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon

Soles4Souls is continuing its effort to receive 1 million pairs of shoes to be shipped to the Sudan for the "Million Pair March". The Nashville-based charity announced that they will be conducting a shoe drive at the 10th annual Rock 'n' Roll Marathon finish line on Sunday, June 3, 2007 in order to receive shoes from the runners for the charity's Million Pair March campaign.

The Million Pair March campaign is dedicated to raising 1 million dollars to ship 1 million pairs of shoes to the Sudan and the surrounding areas. Soles4Souls volunteers will be at the marathon's Health and Fitness Expo, Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, at the San Diego Convention Center handing out brochures and information on how people can get involved with the charity.
Soles4Souls will be manning drop boxes and the Soles4Souls delivery truck will be at the finish line so that runners and spectators may donate their shoes to this worthy cause. Soles4Souls is asking people to each donate one pair of new or 'gently worn' shoes and/or money for shipping the shoes to the Sudan, a notoriously poverty- and war-stricken area of the world. The first drop is scheduled for the Fall 2007 in the refugee camps of Southern Sudan, with more to follow.
"We are excited to be a part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon again," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls. "The Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon was a huge success and we look forward to watching more runners cross the finish line and hopefully receiving their worn shoes to help others in need. We would also like to thank Elite Racing for helping us reach out to the running community and share our mission," Elsey said.

The Million Pair March has already been endorsed by many of Hollywood's celebrities, including Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, Melissa Rivers, and Scarlett Johansson, who graciously had Reebok donate 2,000 pairs of shoes in her name to the cause.

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