The team at Stackla (collective noun: Stacklamites) is an active bunch, with sports, fitness or general well-being a key focus for many of us. Our 2016 Diversity Audit helped us realise how much of a cultural connector this is for our people across the globe. Inspired by this insight, we launched a global initiative dubbed Stackla Run Club, which has our team running virtually around the globe.
In the lead up to the launch of Run Club, we saw an opportunity for the team to support another great not-for-profit – Shoes for Planet Earth – a fantastic organisation that collects new and used sports shoes and then distributes them to people in need all over the world. The donated shoes go to homeless shelters, youth and women’s crisis centres, indigenous communities, orphanages, flood and other disaster victims, and to sports programs for those doing it tough and sleeping rough.
So, armed with a sturdy pair of running shoes, fitness trackers and plenty of spandex, we set off on the first 6-week leg (pun intended) of our virtual journey around the world. Naturally we created a #StacklaRunClub hashtag so we could share, challenge and encourage each other as we covered the almost 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) from San Francisco to Sydney.
We kicked off a shoe drive with each Stacklamite digging deep, clearing out their wardrobes and reaching out to their family and friends, and the result was fantastic. Over the 6 week period, we collected 140 pairs of sports shoes to donate to those doing it tough.
We’re proud of every Stacklamite, and the members of our extended Stackla family, who donated a pair of shoes to this great cause. We know that these pre-loved shoes can change a life by providing someone with footwear (a basic necessity) or even the opportunity to participate in an activity where they can make friends and feel great about themselves. We hope the new owners of our shoes wear them with pride and create their own positive stories in them.
Shoe’s for Planet Earth is funded by donations alone, so any help is massively appreciated, donations can easily be made at shoesforplanetearth.com