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From Wolcott to South Africa

Emma Brown
newsroom@vaildaily.com
Wolcott, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailySarah and Josh Davis sort through some of the 250 shoes they have collected to take with them to South Africa when they go to do volunteer work there in November.
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WOLCOTT, Colorado ” Sarah and Josh Davis, of Wolcott, Colorado, are helping to build a bigger school, provide a soccer pitch and bring much needed shoes to children in South Africa.

Sarah Davis 33, a mortgage banker for Colorado State Bank and Trust and Josh Davis, 35, a finance director for Vail Resorts, who live together in Wolcott, will be taking 250 pairs of shoes to children in South Africa on Nov. 14.

The couple, who are construction novices, will be part of 40-person group expanding Noordhoek Primary School in Citrus Dal, South Africa, and building a football pitch for a growing student body that now tops 200.



The couple will be part of an international team, representing America with the Bobby Moore Fund, and will be camping in tents on Elephants River, in Citrus Dal, which is north of Capetown.

V.P. Van Der Westhuiven, the principal of the school, whose students are six to 14 years old and the children of citrus farmers in the mountains, told Sarah that the students don’t have any shoes.



Sarah contacted the One World Running charity.

“Your hired as the Vail representatives for One World Running” Michael Sandrock told Sarah and Josh Davis.

Sandrock is a world renowned marathon runner from Boulder, who started the One World Running international program promoting an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need in Africa and around the world.



Sarah and Josh sorted through a mountain of shoes from One World Running. They picked the pairs they thought children would like the best, such shoes with Dora the Explorer, Spiderman and Thomas the Tank Engine on them as well as Crocs, shoes that light up and tiny hiking boots.

Sandrock was inspired to collect shoes for Africa after he competed in a racing trip in Cameroon, where the native competitors beat him though they weren’t wearing shoes.

Sarah and Josh live in a beautiful log cabin in Bellyache Ridge and have lived in the Vail Valley for 10 years. They moved here after graduating from college in Wisconsin.

After enjoying vacations here with parents since he was a child, Josh’s dream was to move to Colorado. Their next dream was to find a volunteer trip they could take to help others. Sarah’s cousin, Michael Thorson, won a trip for the Booby Moore Foundation at a silent auction.

Bobby Moore was a famous British soccer player who died of colon cancer at age 51. His wife started the foundation with a two-pronged approach to raise money for colon cancer research and to renovate a school each year in Brazil, South Africa and Ecuador.

Sarah and Josh are flying to Africa on Nov. 14. They are looking for donations of slightly worn shoes to replenish One World Running’s stock, a place for donators to drop shoes off in the Valley, a place to store the shoes, fundraising for shipping costs to send the shoes and any amount above that will go to the cancer research charity.

For more information please check out the Web sites:

http://oneworldrunning.blogspot.com/2007/05/about-one-world-running.html

http://www.justgiving.com/joshsarahdavis

Or contact Sarah Davis at (970)331-5200


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