Boots For Africa

ZooTemplateLocal Companies Rally Together to Help ‘Boots for Africa’

Local Sheffield companies have this week pulled together to help support Sheffield FC’s Charity Boots for Africa. Boots for Africa was established in 2007 with the aim of collecting used football boots from the UK and delivering them to impoverished areas of Africa where children and young adults would normally play barefoot.  To date almost 28,000 pairs have been delivered to the continent.

In Training Sheffield, part of a national organisation with a handle on local issues that meets the training and employability needs of employers and employees across the UK, has helped enormously by providing man power to sort the boots into various sizes and packing together ready to be delivered to Africa.  Stephen McArdle from In Training approached Boots for Africa and provided a solution to the charity’s problem of not having a suitable workspace for volunteers to help.  “We have an old warehouse where we store the boots but it doesn’t tick all the heath and safety boxes and so it’s difficult to find help to sort the boots ready for shipment” said Jenny Tims Project Manager of Boots for Africa. “Steve at In Training hired a van to collect the boots from the warehouse, and found a suitable workspace in which to gather people together, it’s an amazing help” In training have managed to sort out 3500 pairs of boots ready to take to the continent.

In fact some of these boots are already on their way to Africa; Boots for Africa has donated hundreds of pairs to The Malolo Sports Foundation in Zambia.  The Foundation’s main objective is to introduce young Zambians to sport at the community level and to offer Youths and Children a chance to play the sport they appreciate the most.  The boots will be used to create a ‘boot library’, where they will be hired out and returned so that more children will benefit.  Boots for Africa had to deliver the boots to Ipswich in the first instance where they will make their onward journey to Zambia with the help of another Charity Tools with a Mission’ who are sending a container of tools to Zambia and has offered Boots for Africaextra available space.

Professional Response, Yorkshire's most comprehensive courier service for the UK, Ireland and Europe stepped into help deliver the Boots to Ipswich free of charge.   Not only that, they have committed to help again should there be future deliveries to that area.  Jenny Tims commented Sheffield FC are a real Community Club and the help we have had from both In Training and Professional Response, shows how when communities pull together, we can really make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate”.

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