Running changed John Kuto's life and now he's doing the same for others by collecting running shoes and sending them to Kenya.

The Saint Mary's University student is from the east African country. He's a cross-country runner himself and got his start in a pair of donated shoes.

"We've had problems in Kenya and my running was able to get me out of that," he said. "There was a time that people were just killing each other. So for me it means a lot, it gave me my life."

With the help of the Halifax running community, Kuto has collected more than 100 pairs of shoes to send to Kenya.