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 www.cmmarathon.com.
For more information about the Million Pair March or Soles4Souls,
please visit www.giveshoes.org.
To schedule an interview request, please contact: Amy Brownstein at
Brownstein & Associates (212) 265-3666 firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris
Carmichael, Director of Communications at Soles4Souls 866-521-7463 ext 143