Sunday, June 17, 2007

Come on..send running shoes ASAP!!!

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Your “trash” = your old running shoes. For runners in Kenya their “treasure” = your old running shoes!

Yes, that right! Now you can DO SOMETHING with your old running shoes. Send them TODAY to:

Marshall Ulrich
515 Brook Drive
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Letter sent to Marshall!

Well I have some program back here in Kenya for athletics and I would kindly request you to help me if its possible with you. I have a team of about 20 Athletes whom I am training and most of them come from disadvantaged families thus they depend on me to support them in providing them with training equipments e.g. training shoes and running kits.

So I would like to request you if it’s possible with you, because I will be coming to Swizz in July you try and collect for me used training shoes from your friends so that when I come I can get them back for these Athletes. I have talk also to Betsy and she will also try to get me some. Otherwise thank you in advance and hope to hear from you soon.

Yours in athletics
Jackton Odhiambo Wasiema.

Now, it may seem strange for you to send your shoes to Colorado, so that Marshall can carry them as luggage to Switzerland, and then Jackton can take them home as luggage to his runners in Kenya. But, that is the way of the world – or, the way of Africa. You see, last year Betsy purchased shoes and shipped them to Jackton in Kenya, but he never got them. What happened to them? Well… that’s hard to say. But, by having Jackton carry them back as luggage the shoes have the best chance of getting to his runners.

We don’t want “totally trashed” shoes, of course; but, good shoes with “too many miles” for YOU will be better than no shoes to Jackton’s runners in Kenya.

Marshall departs for Switzerland on July 2, 2007, so please send your shoes TODAY. The runners in Kenya will benefit greatly, and your generosity will be truly appreciated.

Jay and I know first hand what a gift it is to do something with the shoes that are sitting in your closet. We have taken bags and bags of shoes over to Morocco with us so that Lachen could give out to the many runner's who are running in bare feet. You can make a difference by sending your shoes and remember that one small act of kindness makes the World a better place.

Happy Fathers Day to all of you!

Lisa

3 comments:

olga said...

Thanks for the link, I used to ship mine to CO store for Africa...will try and make them out tomorrow so they come on time.

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

Olga...thank you for sending shoes and for passing on the link:)
And to you a VERY BIG..NICE RACE AT BIG HORN 100..WE CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN THE TETONS!!

Lisa

robtherunner said...

Hey Lisa,

I'm a friend of Olga's and a big fan of yours. I have 7 pairs of shoes I can send his way. They'll be on their way later today.