Note: This post is courtesy of Code Four Athletics Soccer Uniforms, a Seattle area-based soccer specialty brand of soccer uniforms, soccer jerseys, warm-ups and soccer gear. Visit their online soccer store to see their entire selection of gear, or call toll free 1-888-411-3687. Thank you.
Sunday, August 5th marked our first annual Soccer Recycling Event for which we invited folks to donate their gently used soccer jerseys, soccer cleats and soccer balls.
We sincerely thank everyone who showed up for this event, and for their generous donations of soccer gear. Everything collected during the drive will be given to Seattle’s Rainbow of Magnolia Fountains of Life, a charitable organization that works to improve living conditions in African countries by building schools, water wells and other necessities. The soccer gear is distributed to the children of these remote villages, where soccer has become a much-needed escape from the rigors of their daily lives.
In fact, we’d like to un-officially designate all of August as Soccer Recycling Month, and invite you to stop by anytime during the month with your donations!
Code Four Athletics, a Kent- based soccer specialty brand, is looking for your gently used soccer jerseys, soccer cleats, soccer balls and other gear as part of its first annual Soccer Recycling Event. You can drop off your donations Sunday, August 5th from 11am-3pm at the company’s showroom, located at 22013 68th Ave. S inKent (offWest Valley Highway, less than 5 miles south of Starfire Sports). Simply look for the brand’s unmistakable Soccer Ball Car out front.
Everything collected during the drive will be given to Seattle’s Rainbow of Magnolia Fountains of Life, a volunteer-run charitable organization that works tirelessly to improve living conditions in African countries by providing clean water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture techniques, and support for local schools.
The soccer gear will be distributed to the children of these remote villages, where soccer has become a much-needed escape from the rigors of their daily lives.
Fountains of Life founder Darek Stuj began his non-profit organization five years ago, when workers of his company, Rainbow of Magnolia Landscaping, all volunteered to donate a week’s wages to jumpstart his effort. Darek travels to Africa at his own expense, with a specific project planned. Below is a wonderful video that chronicles his latest project from earlier this year. Next up: In January 2013, he plans to help build an orphanage in the ImatianivillageofTanzaniafor children who have been orphaned due to the spread of HIV/AIDS.
As an accomplished marathon runner. Dariusz Stuj has gone through plenty of footwear. When it comes to walking in other people’s shoes, he’s just as experienced.
For the past three years, he has orchestrated community-building volunteer efforts for needy people in Africa through his Rainbow of Magnolia Fountains of Life charity, an offshoot of his landscaping company. Along with several volunteers, he has personally visited African villages and worked tirelessly to improve their quality of life.
Last year, for example, Dariusz and his crew dug a deep-bore water well for the Masai village of northern Tanzania. This now makes it possible for the villagers to get water in their own community rather than making the arduous miles-long walk each day to secure this basic resource.
This year, Fountains of Life has focused its efforts on the Masai children. Just a few weeks ago, they completed work on a school in the village for children ages 10 and older. Rather than walk miles for schooling, they can now receive an education close to home. Like all kids, they look forward to recess, so Dariusz worked to provide soccer supplies, soccer uniforms, balls and shoes for them!
“We are deeply committed to continuing our efforts to aid the different communities in Tanzania, Kenya and Cameroon as they work to become as independent and self-sustaining as possible,” said Dariusz. A recent donation of sewing machines and sewing classes, for example, have helped local women broaden their skills and boost the village’s economy.
Fountain of Life’s future plans include supporting an orphanage in Uganda.