Reported by Jes Hovanes
The founders, Alvin Prasad, Gareth August and Jit Dulay, held their first donation event this summer in conjunction with the England-Italy World Cup game. Items collected at the event are set to touch down in the Fiji Islands on Oct. 4.
The group was able to send five large boxes of equipment that included boots, balls, and full team sets of uniforms. “The generosity of people has been huge,” said Prasad.
August notes that this amount of equipment will easily allow over 100 kids to play soccer that otherwise would not be able to.
A modernized non-profit
Every Single Sole differs from other organizations in part because it takes advantage of technology and social media. As soon as they decided on their first event they started tweeting, according to August.
Technology has also allowed them to partner with organizations both here and overseas. So far they have joined with organizations in Fiji, South Africa and India that can help distribute the equipment to local schools.
They are also working with Vancouver organizations to schedule more events, get prize donations and provide venues.
Inspired by their travels
When asked what got them started on this project, Prasad recounted a scene from his travels in Fiji.
“When the whistle blew, the players on the field ran off in order to exchange their boots, their shin pads, their socks with the kids who didn’t have anything. Twenty-two kids ran off the pitch and there were several hundred who were going to play at some point in the day. Everyone was sharing the same equipment.”
Both Prasad and August, who studied communication systems and business administration at Langara, said their education helped with the development and execution of their business model, and are looking into partnering with the college for future events.