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Our Goals
To tap into the enthusiasm and generosity of athletes by offering them the ability to donate their gently used running shoes to refugees in Africa and the needy in their own community.  Through working with the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) and local non-profits, Sole Responsibility is able to ensure that athletes' gently used shoes get into the hands, and onto the feet, of individuals who need them.

In 2013 we aim to:
  • Increase the size of our collection as we enter our 8th year.
  • Expand the number of collection sites.
  • Partner with a company that will store the shoes prior to transit.
About Sole Responsibility
We are a grass-roots non-profit organization formed in 2005 by a group of runners in Ottawa who want to donate gently used running and walking shoes overseas. As runners, we buy new running shoes every few months. Our old shoes are no longer suitable for training, but still have miles of life left in them. So we started to think of all the runners in all the events in the National Capital area – and we thought it would be great if we could collect their used shoes and ship them to people who really need them.  Each spring, we will collect shoes at Ottawa running events. We will also have drop-off sites throughout the city. We ask for a donation of $2 per pair to offset the shipping costs.

Where the shoes are going?
Each year, we consult with the UNHCR to determine the area of greatest need.  Since starting in 2005, our collections have gone to Chad, Rwanda, Lesotho, Cameroon, Djibouti and Namibia.  Our 2013 wil be going to refugees in Rwanda.


What type of shoes are we collecting?
We are collecting running shoes of all shapes and sizes, adult and children's sizes.

Interested in doing a collection at your office, school or neighbourhood?
For some background information, please click the following to read our policies:  
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Run   Join the Ottawa Running Club and every cent of your $60 annual membership fee goes to great charities including Sole Responsibility!  Click here for details.
Give   We collect gently used running shoes and donate them to those in need around the world through the guidance of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
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