Soles for Streetlink and Food for the Soul

Victoria – A convoy of Kabuki Kabs carrying $40,000 worth of donated running shoes and socks for Victorians who are homeless will wind its way from the New Balance store, 1205 Government at View Street, to the Streetlink emergency shelter on Store Street at Swift, this Thursday, February 7 @ 10 am.

The Kabs will be filled with 226 pairs of shoes donated by New Balance and Frontrunner Footwear customers (lightly used), 309 brand new pairs of quality runners from New Balance Victoria and Canada, 194 pairs of socks, and a cheque of $552 for The Mustard Seed. (New Balance and Frontrunner have also provided Cool Aid’s shelter program with about 50 pairs of new shoes every month for several years.)

The Kabukis will be peddled by:

  • Rob Reid, Owner, New Balance Victoria and Frontrunners Footwear
  • Don McTavish, Manager of Shelters, Victoria Cool Aid Society
  • Jack Knox, Columnist, Times Colonist

The “caravan of concern” will travel north on Government, west on Yates, north at the “whale wall” park along Wharf, and past the Johnson Street bridge to the Streetlink emergency shelter, 1634 Store Street @ Swift. Agenda:

10 am – news conference at New Balance, cheque presentation to Mustard Seed
10:30 – Kabuki Kabs leave New Balance for Streetlink Shelter
10:45 – Donated shoes and socks are carried into Streetlink

Reporters will have an opportunity to interview participants at the New Balance store
and take photos anywhere along the convoy route and at the Streetlink shelter.

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Rob Reid, Owner, New Balance Victoria and Frontrunners Footwear

Don McTavish or Kathy Stinson, Victoria Cool Aid Society

Chris Riddell, Pastor and Administrator, The Mustard Seed