The Rosebank Killarney Gazette in association with SPAR is calling all athletes, joggers and everyday sports enthusiasts to donate their unwanted SHOES OR RUNNING SHOES that are still in good condition to the ‘Drop a pair and show you care’ initiative.

These shoes will go to a school based in the greater Joburg north region where many underprivileged children will be given the opportunity and motivation to get and remain fit with the right shoes.

The drive started during the 2015 SPAR Women’s Challenge when Caxton staff noticed that many children from disadvantaged schools in Johannesburg took part in the race barefoot. Since being directly involved in the SPAR Women’s Challenge, Rosebank Killarney Gazette, as part of its Caxton Cares initiative, along with SPAR decided to run the ‘Drop a pair and show you care’ campaign with hopes of giving back to those in need as well as to supply running shoes to those who wish to join the race.

In 2016, the initiative delivered donated running shoes to Skeen Preparatory School in Alexandra and the Johannesburg Girls Preparatory School in Berea. And just last year, the recipient was Realogile Secondary School in Alexandra, which received more than 300 pairs of shoes. This year the initiative aims at collecting 400 pairs of shoes and will fall under the Caxton Cares banner along with SPAR.

Help us reach our goal and keep hundreds of South African children’s feet warm and happy. You can drop off your shoes and meet the Caxton team on race day, or you can drop off your unwanted shoes at 368 Jan Smuts Avenue, Caxton House or 1187 Cornelius street, corner JG Strijdom, Weltevreden Park.

For more information about this initiative, email your queries to