How good are people?
A few years ago Victorian runner Kayla de Bondt became aware that in some parts of Australia, young people lack the proper footwear to be able to play and enjoy sport.
That need seemed particularly egregious when she saw the amount of perfectly good running shoes that cluttered up her closet, including free shoes given to her by shoe companies.
“I couldn’t find anywhere to donate the extras I had,” Kayla said.
So she started Soles for a Cause, – @soles4acause on Instagram and Facebook – with the beautiful, simple idea to get good shoes that weren’t needed to people who need them.
Kayla is an athlete with a strong sense of social justice – while on a running scholarship at Loyola Marymount University in the United States, she was a Political Science major.
“I firmly believe that sport is a tool communities can use to create a more inclusive environment, so it is vital that everyone has access to the basic athletic footwear they need to participate,” Kayla said. “Soles for a Cause is an initiative founded to increase participation in sport by providing accessibility to athletic footwear for those who are doing it tough.”
It’s an idea that has really inspired BRHS Podiatrist Dharshini Brennan.
“I donated eight pairs in October – being a podiatrist I guess I try out a lot of shoes!” she said. (Podiatrists are experts in foot, ankle and lower limb health.)
Inspired by Kayla’s vision, Dharshini is getting behind Shoes for a Cause and collecting athletic shoes in decent condition which will be sent to young people at Nungurra Youth Accommodation Services, which provides crisis accommodation for people between the ages of 16 and 21.
Between now and mid-April, Dharshini is hoping to collect as many pairs of athletic shoes as possible.
What kids of shoes?
- Athletic shoes/runners
- Good condition, no holes
- Any size, adults or kids
Do you have a pair or two you can donate?
Reach out to Dharshini at firstname.lastname@example.org – BRHS staff can call her on ext. 66388