In 2010 the first year of the program in Kelowna they raised 45,000 pairs of shoes, in 2011 65,000 and in 2012 they are striving for 100,000 pairs of shoes in BC.
Jim also announced the Canadian target of half a million pairs of shoes Canada wide, including Ottawa, Montreal, and Edmonton.
Jim mentioned the success of the fund raising efforts was due many of the participating sponsors such as
- McDonald's, Starbuck's, Big O Tire, and many others for having a drop off location conveniently located around BC.
- Gord Halvorsen and the drivers from Total Delivery Systems for handling the pick up of all the shoes for delivery to the provincial sorting centre.
- Telus Volunteers at the Kelowna sorting centre.
- Al Stober for the use of the warehouse for sorting the shoes.
Also attending the event were Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, former Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, and long with councillors Colin Basran, Maxine Dehart and Mohini Singh.
On Tuesday April 4th Jim, Kevin and Todd will be presenting to local Okanagan school's to raise more awareness of Souls 4 Soles.
In the words of Jim Belshaw "The Campaign only lasts 30 days ... so make sure to clean out your closets. It is amazing such a small idea can grow into 17 million pairs of shoes world wide!".
For a drop off location near you go to http://soles4soulskelowna.blogspot.ca/p/drop-off-locations.html.
Thank you to Sue Freeman of Portrait Art Photography for the pictures.
For more information contact Jim Belshaw Roy's Shoes, Boots and Repair http://www.roysshoes.com 1627 Ellis Street Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A8 250-763-5696