Thu 5th April 2012
Collect discarded shoes for Kosovo
Approximately two years ago, Past President Alan Eldred retired from full time work as an engineer, learned to drive a HGV and put it to good use with a Hope and Aid convoy of vehicles taking aid to Eastern Europe. The first journey was to Kosovo. The extreme poverty was obvious and on returning home he gave a detailed report on what he found. Sue Cross, wife of Rotarian Trevor Cross, noticed from the photographs that none of the children had any shoes; the poverty is such that families cannot replace or in many cases provide shoes for the children. As a result they are unable to go out in the extremely cold winter weather and therefore cannot attend school.
The response from the people of Peterborough has so far has enabled us to send out about 3,000 pairs of part worn shoes. Local schools have been a major source and