Charity

Donation of boots to the refugees

12/01/2016
Bekina® Boots vluchtelingen Duinkerke

“You can see that people are getting stuck in the mud with their shoes. The people have no boots”, says Dirk Vandervelden, a volunteer at the refugee camp in Duinkerke. That’s why Bekina® Boots decided, in cooporation with more than 100 volunteers from the non-profit organization GaM Care, to donate 1500 pairs of boots to this refugee camp on Wednesday, 13th January 2016.

“At Bekina® Boots, we always had much attention to sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship. Because of the high need of boots in the refugee camp, we couldn’t wait any longer”, says Peter Bauwens, CEO of Bekina® Boots. “It’s a horrible situation at the camp. The faster the boots will be there, the better.”

Wednesday afternoon, 100 volunteers will start to distribute the 1500 pairs of boots in the camp. This will happen from a central collection point or personally in the tents of the seriously ill, single mothers with young children or pregnant women.

Update: The 1,500 pairs of boots are distributed in the camp. Thanks to all volunteers who made this happen. Together we can make a difference.

Watch our video of the distribution of boots in the refugee camp:

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Global responsability: the heart in the right place

12/02/2010
Bekina®Boots_Peru

Bekina® Boots sent 1.300 pairs of boots to Peru

It is not the first time a container of boots leaves to one of the less developed countries. How can a production company that is still producing here in Belgium donate full containers to charity? Georges Vanderbeke, CEO:  “A small percentage of our products are rejected due to flaws. That does not change the quality of the boots, but they can’t go to our usual outlets.”

Bekina® Boots has a good contact with one of the aid organizations that have been active in Peru. As soon as two days after the first heavy rains came the cry for the next container. Georges Vanderbeke: “For us this is an extra cost, but that does not weigh against the gratitude of local people.”

Bekina® Boots will also contact other aid organizations to start a similar cooperation for Haiti and find a way to contribute there as well.

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