Dr. Chris Tufton Launches Shoe Drive for needy students

On Friday January 21, Dr. Chris Tufton, kicked off 2022 with his first donation drive for the year to help needy Jamaicans at COURTS Cross Roads. The shoe drive dubbed Sole 2 Sole seeks to provide everyday Jamaicans with the resources and access they need to proper footwear in the hopes that in turn, they will end up leading more productive lives.

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With a more direct approach, Dr. Tufton executed this initiative in its first phase with a focus on youth in school that need proper footwear that is multi-functional.

“As a Jamaican and someone who runs and exercises often, I understand how costly it is to attain proper footwear. The aim of Sole 2 Sole is to bridge the need gap by asking persons to donate a new or gently used pair of shoes. This will go a long way to help those in need and more specifically, at this point, children that are in need,” says Dr. Tufton.

He added, “There are children in schools that would like to participate in physical activities and more so in Physical Education classes, but have to do so in their school shoes which then becomes damaged as they were not made for such a purpose. I invite corporate bodies to join me in this cause to provide durable and suitable shoes to promote the involvement of a younger generation in wellness activities.”

Tufton also called on Sagicor Group, Phase 3 Productions and Island Grill to spearhead a challenge as an aspect of this donation drive. The idea is for those companies to donate five pairs each and nominate three other companies to continue the charge.

All the sneakers donated will be handed to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information for them to distribute to those needy students in the schools.

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