Outdoor Industry Companies Help Bring Shoes to Remote Region of Nepal

Over a dozen Outdoor Industry companies banded together to support Little Yoga Warriors’ Katherine Homes and her effort to deliver shoes and socks to Nepalese people in need.
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Over a dozen Outdoor Industry companies banded together to support Little Yoga Warriors' Katherine Homes and her effort to deliver shoes and socks to Nepalese people in need. Homes embarks this week on an extended trek into the remote Dolpo region with industry donated footwear and gear, while also carrying rolls of duct tape and nylon rope for shoe repair and lace replacement of existing shoes.

Homes' intention is to provide shoes to children and adults who often hike barefoot for multiple days to attend schools or libraries within the Dolpo region, and consequently suffer from chronic foot problems. Her philanthropic vision has been met with an outpouring of support from Boulder-based businesses and outdoor brands, culminating into donations that total over 250 pairs of shoes and socks, and other gear essentials for the distant trip.

Chaco and Soles4Souls donated the shoes, while more than 200 pairs of Smartwool socks currently await Homes in Katmandu. Patagonia provided seven large bags in which to transport the deliverables. Camping gear, clothing, promotion, shoes, socks, and travel insurance have all been provided by: Cloudveil, GoLite, Isis, Jetboil, Klean Kanteen, Momentum Media PR, Totem Industries, World Nomads, and Zeal Optics.

Community support from Boulder-based businesses was demonstrated when more than 80 people helped raise approximately $2,000 during the Shoe the Children Fundraiser on April 10th. These funds have been earmarked for the associated airfreight, permit fees, porter fees, and customs costs for the Nepalese delivery, which Homes estimates will total close to $10,000.

“All of the sponsors have provided the best quality gear to take with me, and their generosity is now able to reach people who clearly need it,” said Homes. “With the support of the Boulder community and the Outdoor Industry many people will now be able to walk to and from places of learning wearing shoes that are comfortable, durable and protective from the elements.”

Following the shoe delivery Homes, artist, philanthropist, and founding partner of Little Yoga Warriors, LLC, plans to conduct water rights research in the valley of Kashmir, where hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri's go without clean water every day while in the region. This portion of the expedition will extend into the Fall of 2008.

To follow her progress throughout the following months, visit www.bendinggrass.com. To donate to this cause, support this effort as a sponsor, or to find out more please email Katie at Katherine@littleyogawarriors.com before May 13th, 2008. Inquires thereafter should be directed to Jeff@littleyogawarriors.com.

About Little Yoga Warriors, LLC
Little Yoga Warriors works with various non-profit and smaller projects, in effort to raise money and awareness of human, environmental, and health issues worldwide. They self publish sustainable children's books that provide education of cultural and environmental awareness. For more information, visit www.littleyogawarriors.com.

About the Sponsors

About Chaco
Since 1989, Chaco has been designing and producing the finest and best fitting outdoor footwear available. For more information on Chaco products or philanthropy, contact Bethany Mousseau, Carmichael Lynch Spong PR, bethany.mousseau@clynch.com, or 781.544.3677.

About Cloudveil
Cloudveil, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2007, is a technical outdoor apparel manufacturer that draws inspiration from its hometown Jackson, Wyoming. Groundbreaking use of fabric combinations, color and innovative designs has built a retail and consumer base of loyal inspired mountain users. Credited with starting the modern day soft shell revolution, Cloudveil builds leading apparel designs in the outdoor, ski, fly fishing and casual markets.

About GoLite®
Founded in 1998, GoLite is the world's premier producer of lightweight clothing and equipment for active, outdoor sports. Inspired, designed, and tested in Boulder, Colorado, GoLite® products offer uncompromised performance at the lightest possible weight to maximize performance and enjoyment in the outdoors. Environmental stewardship and social responsibility have been fundamental to GoLite's mission and core values since its founding. GoLite is committed to minimizing its environmental footprint – to GoLite on the PlanetTM – through innovation, resourcefulness and partnership. For more information on GoLite products, ambassadors, environmental or outreach efforts, visit www.GoLite.com or call 888-5-GoLite.

About ISIS
ISIS, founded in 1998, designs, produces and sells dynamic women's specific outdoor apparel. Mixing passion for the outdoors, technical fabrics and features and great looks, ISIS is committed to creating outdoor products that suit women's needs and allows them to pursue outdoor activities in style and comfort. The brand focuses on making women the first and only thought in all product development and marketing efforts. Located in Burlington, Vermont, ISIS is currently distributed to over 480 retail shops nationwide. For additional information on ISIS, or to locate the nearest dealer, call 866-877-8689 or check the web site at www.isisforwomen.com.

About Jetboil
Jetboil launched the Personal Cooking System in 2004, winning instant recognition from adventurers worldwide. The Jetboil team is committed to simplifying and personalizing outdoor cooking and empowering a world of exploration. Jetboil is the trusted and indispensable companion of those who push the limits of their endurance, and the boundaries of their experience.

About Klean Kanteen
The reusable, lightweight, and risk free stainless steel Klean Kanteenâ„¢ was introduced in 2004 to encourage better health, hydration, and environmental responsibility. The Klean Kanteen has won over thousands of people concerned with making healthy choices for their bodies and natural environment. To find out more about Klean Kanteen, please visit www.kleankanteen.com.

About Momentum Media PR
Momentum Media is a boutique strategic public relations agency serving clients in the sustainable fashion, fitness, and mainstream consumer markets. We specialize in outdoor, snowsports, and action sports industries, providing premium positioning and publicity in target markets and mainstream media.

For more information about Momentum visit www.momentummediapr.com or contact Alycia Cavadi at Alycia@momentummediapr.com or 617.875.5553.


About Patagonia
Patagonia is noted internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism. Incorporating environmental responsibility in to product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line. With its most recent launch of synthetic fiber-to-fiber recycling – Patagonia is taking back worn-out polyester and nylon clothing and reincarnating it as new products, forever capturing the raw materials used in making virgin fiber.

About Smartwool
SmartWool® is a leading performance brand offering wool-based apparel, socks and accessories. Nothing can compare to SmartWool® products for the ultimate in performance, comfort and easy care. SmartWool® fiber is superior at vaporizing moisture, controlling temperature and odor and is guaranteed not to shrink. It's also a renewable resource that illustrates the design genius of evolution. For information on the full range of SmartWool® products or to find a dealer near you, please log onto SmartWool's award winning website: www.SmartWool.com. SmartWool Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Timberland Company.

About Soles4Souls
Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of shoes, which will be used to aid the hurting worldwide. The organization has distributed more than 3 million pairs of shoes since January 2005 (or one pair of shoes every 28 seconds). Shoe companies, retailers, and individuals can donate both new and “gently worn” footwear. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. For more information about Soles4Souls, please call (866) 521-SHOE, or visit www.giveshoes.org.

About Totem Industries
Sustainable Products for a Healthier Tomorrow.
Totem Industries creates outdoor gear that is mindful of the places that we play in. Totem's focus is on functional gear that will last a lifetime, while using the most environmentally responsible materials that are available on the market. Through the use of recycled and sustainable materials, Totem is creating some of the most unique, innovative, and functional products the outdoor industry has ever seen. For more information about the Totem Lifestyle and our products please visit www.totemindustries.com.

About World Nomads
WorldNomads.com provides global travel insurance for people in over 150 countries. Designed to meet the needs of independent travelers, it is simple and flexible - you can buy, extend and claim online even after you've left home. You also get so much more than travel insurance. With free SMS travel safety alerts, iPod language guides, your own online travel journal and destination guides, World Nomads keeps you traveling safely.

About Zeal Optics
Zeal Optics® is a new approach to performance eyewear. Based in Moab, Utah, and Boulder, Colorado, Zeal Optics has been twelve years in the making and our numerous awards year after year is testament that we have held true to our mission. Zeal's patented, exclusive frame designs and ZB-13 POLARIZED lens provide maximum versatility in all conditions. Zeal's collections feature styles to fit all kinds of shapes and sizes of faces, women and men.

Zeal Optics eyewear is second to none. We are dedicated to continue to bring you the finest in innovative eyewear in the years to come. We are the first eyewear company to recycle material in our sunglass frames, protective cases and our ZB-13 Polarized Lens reduces waste by providing a lens so versatile it is like having 5 lenses in 1. Zeal Optics is independently owned and operated by former professional athletes and the founders Michael & Wink Jackson.


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