7500 Up for Boots2Africa!

14th October by Iain Finch

2 years ago we had an idea on a Sunday morning;  let’s get all the preloved football boots out of the garage and see if we can get them to some children in Africa.  Still nearly new, we don’t want to see them going to landfill and It would help keep their feet safe from infection and disease, protect them from snakebites and of course they’d be able to play better football too…...just 1 family, 2 rapidly growing sports mad boys and an astonishing 38 pairs of boots and astros that we just didn’t throw away…….and Boots2Africa was born.

….so what happened?  90+ #Grassrootsheroes clubs joined us and by September 2018, our second anniversary we passed over 7500 boots donated by children across East Anglia with over 15000 items of kit too!    The amazing team at Monthind came on board, helping coordinate boot collections from clubs we can’t get to and they very generously keep the boots and kit safe before we ship them to Africa.   Last Easter (2017) and again in 2018 with Colchester United’s Football in the Community Team and African Adventures we visited, taught and supported the children at the Walk Centre School in Nakuru, Kenya;  taking 160 and 197 pairs of boots in our bags to help these desperately poor children born in to poverty;  and we made partnerships with lots of like-minded charities with their own projects gratefully accepting our gifted stock for their own concerns.  The result over 7000 of the donated boots already achieving the aim of keeping feet safe in 9 countries across Equatorial and Southern Africa and promoting better play in the sport we love to call ‘the Global Game’.

Where next for Boots2Africa?  We hope to  return to Kenya or Malawi at the end of March 2019 and with an ever-growing base of clubs supporting us we’re expecting our donations to rise to over 9000 #boots2africa by our 3rd Christmas.  International freight and logistics is a costly and customs can be challenging so if you’re we’ll connected to African export business’ we’d love to hear from you;  or if you’d like to help support us with sponsorship or fundraising event opportunities this year or in 2019 then get in touch info@boots2africa.co.uk;  there’s so much demand for Boots2Africa, just look on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/boots2africa/  or our website  http://www.boots2africa.co.uk/kenya-2017.html  to see the good your generosity as a business could do!