Soles4Souls Launches Shoe Drive at Nashville's Country Music Marathon

Charity Continues its Efforts to Receive 1 Million Pairs of Shoes to be

Shipped to the Sudan for the 'Million Pair March'

Apr 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Soles4Souls

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nashville-based
 charity Soles4Souls(TM) Inc., the global organization dedicated to
 providing free footwear to people in need all over the world, announced
 today that they are conducting a shoe drive at the Country Music Marathon
 (April 28, 2007) in order to receive shoes from the runners for the
 charity's Million Pair March campaign.
     The Million Pair March campaign is dedicated to raising 1 million
 dollars to ship 1 million pairs of shoes to the Sudan and the surrounding
 areas. Soles4Souls volunteers will be at the Health and Fitness Expo (at
 the Nashville Convention Center), giving out brochures and information on
 how people can get involved with the charity.
     Soles4Souls will be manning drop boxes and the Soles4Souls delivery
 truck will be at the finish line of the Marathon so that runners and
 spectators may donate their shoes to this worthy cause. Soles4Souls is
 asking people to each donate one pair of new or 'gently worn' shoes and/or
 money for shipping the shoes to the Sudan, a notoriously poverty- and
 war-stricken area of the world. The first drop is scheduled for Fall 2007
 in the refugee camps of Southern Sudan, with more to follow.
     "We are thrilled to be participating in the Country Music Marathon
 because our charity's headquarters are in Nashville, and bringing this
 campaign home to Tennessee is especially exciting. We look forward to
 cheering on the runners and hopefully receiving their worn shoes to help
 others who are not as fortunate," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of
 Soles4Souls. "We would also like to thank Elite Racing (the marathon's
 promoters), which has graciously given us space to reach out to the running
 community," Elsey said.
     The Million Pair March has already been endorsed by some of Hollywood's
 finest, including Don Cheadle, Jessica Alba, Melissa Rivers, and Scarlett
 Johansson, who graciously had Reebok donate 2,000 pairs of shoes in her
 name to the cause.
     Elsey said that marathons are becoming increasingly important events
 for the charity. "The running community at large is incredibly generous and
 mindful of problems around the world. This is another way they can give
 back to people in need, and our job is to make that an easy decision by
 being accessible and responsible," he said.
     For more information about the Country Music Marathon in Nashville,
 please visit
     For more information about the Million Pair March or Soles4Souls,
 please visit
     To schedule an interview request, please contact: Amy Brownstein at
 Brownstein & Associates (212) 265-3666 or Chris
 Carmichael, Director of Communications at Soles4Souls 866-521-7463 ext 143

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