Louisville, KY (June 21, 2016) – WaterStep has teamed up with the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association to create a way for attendees of the upcoming 52nd annual National Leadership Skills and Conference to save lives at risk of waterborne disease. Thousands of students traveling to Louisville for the conference this week have been asked to bring used athletics shoes to donate to WaterStep, an organization that collects and sells the gently used shoes to fund water projects in communities around the world.
WaterStep’s large shoe collection boxes will be placed at the SkillsUSA registration area in the North Wing of the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, where over 6,000 students from around the country will pass through to attend the conference on June 21-24.
“Community service is one of the key pillars of a healthy SkillsUSA chapter,” said Akshar Patel, SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Executive Board, Region 3 Representative. “WaterStep is inspiring SkillsUSA members to find creative ways of giving back to our world. Chapters are able to make a global impact by holding a simple shoe collection drive at their school or in their community.”
“Last year, we had students taking the shoes off their feet and walking out barefoot because they were so inspired to save lives with safe water,” said Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep.
WaterStep’s shoe program not only generates funds for the organization, but it also provides affordable footwear to people in the developing world and it keeps the discarded shoes from going into landfills.
For the 2nd year, WaterStep representatives will attend the conference to demonstrate how their M-100 chlorinators are used in the field to save lives with safe water.
To host a shoe drive or support safe water and health education projects around the world, visit www.waterstep.org or call (502) 568-6342.