12,000 pairs of shoes set sail for South Africa
FINALLY – We have some really really good news 😊
Its been over 2 years since we collected an amazing 12,000 pairs of shoes from the length and breadth of Ireland. By the start of March 2020 a huge team of volunteers had sorted and packed up all your donated shoes – enough to more than fill a 40 foot shipping container.
Two weeks later, the world when into lockdown and the shoes with it. We were unable to get them moved to be prepared for shipping due to Covid restrictions.
More recently, we were in position to ship form Ireland but South Africa was in lockdown and our teams on the ground there were not in a position to accept the shoes for distribution. It was a very frustrating time for all.
So we are beyond excited to be able to let you know that the shipment left Dublin port today bound for Cape Town.
We have not been totally at a loss over the Covid period. We have been in regular ongoing contact with the South African customs authority and have all the paperwork in pace to import your donated shoes 😊
We have also been working on the future of In My Shoes, more on that again.
We will keep you updated on the shoes shipment and share lots of images of the teams distributing them on the ground in Cape Town.
11,000 shoes collected and we made the RTE news 😃😃😃
Thanks so much to all who donated and to the volunteers who spent two days sorting and packing the shoes.
Your efforts will make such an impact on the ground in the Townships in Cape Town
Volunteers working at one of our sorting and packing stations earlier this week, preparing the 💥💥 11,000 💥💥 shoes you guys donated for this year's appeal ♥️
Thanks so much to my work colleagues at White Calling for making the trip over to get stuck in, same to the brilliant Transition Year students at Sligo Grammar School, I would still be there without you 😂
From Moville to Goleen, you have all been VERY busy 😀
We have had over 600 contacts from groups and individuals all over Ireland looking to take part in this year's appeal.
I'm also sharing a selection of the great images your donated shoes you have been sharing with me over the past couple of days.