I did it because I saw that so many people here and abroad either have no access to or can’t afford sneakers. For me, sneakers always gave me confidence and motivation, so I know how important it is for young people to have them.
It is very important to me that both the person giving the sneaker and the person receiving the sneaker – get the exact same style. I didn’t want there to be any distinction between the two. When someone is walking down the street wearing a pair of SAVES – you don’t know if he was a giver or a receiver- all you know is that he is taking part in this.
People told me that I was too young to make a difference, but that just made me want to work harder. The more I see what is going in the world today, the more I realize that we are responsible for the world we live in and we must do something to help those who may need a hand.
Today I may be the giver; however, one day I may need the assistance. Conversely, those who receive today will know that when their conditions improve, they may be asked to be the giver. Ultimately, I just believed that we must learn to develop programs and ideas that reach out our hands to those who need a hand to grab onto.