The Share A Pair initiative is taking place at this year’s XTERRA Grabouw, the biggest XTERRA event in the world, with over 2000 athletes battle for the coveted title of South African Champion. Taking place at the Grabouw Country Club in South Africa on 23-24 February 2019, Share A Pair is partnering with the event so that athletes can ‘show they care for those less fortunate’.
“All you need to do is bring your used trail running or MTB shoes to the event,” said Fahiem Frizlar, Marketing Manager at Bolton Footwear. “Participants and their families are encouraged to drop their old pairs of sports shoes at the Olympic International bins provided at the event, which will then be distributed to needy children and adult charity organisations such as Aitsa, an aftercare centre in the heart of Kylemore in the Dwarsriver valley with 180 children, as well as Songo.info and others.”
Frizlar, a long distance runner, adds that these donations can make a huge difference to those who are keen on sports, but do not have access to the right gear. “As a runner, I’ve often wondered what to do with my old pair, as it’s still in relatively good condition, but not suitable for long distance running. Instead of them collecting dust or being thrown out, they can be put to excellent use by someone else. For someone out there, they’ll be good as new.”
Frizlar believes everyone can make a difference. “By sharing a pair, you give someone else the opportunity to get active and enjoy their favourite discipline. We encourage everyone to get involved, whether you wear a size 1 or 12. We’ll ensure it gets to the right person.”
Retailer Olympic International will provide bins at various events around South Africa this year. Frizlar added, “Clean out those cupboards and Share A Pair. Not only can you donate footwear, but also sports equipment and clothing. Let’s make a difference together.”