“The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise shoe drive to collect new or gently used shoes for Sole4Souls was a big success,” said chair Lynn Fuller.
The project had three collection sites: Sunshine Booksellers, Treviso Bay and Lynn Fuller’s house, and collected 299 pairs of shoes.
The donated shoes were sent to Soles4Souls micro-enterprise program, which creates jobs in places like Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost products. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty simply do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.
The event is an annual service program of Marco Island Sunrise Rotary. The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise is a diverse group with a focus on local businesses and community service. It is comprised of a cross-section of the Marco Island area community, and new members are welcome. It meets Tuesday mornings and is currently meeting virtually via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information about the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise or its activities, please contact Bill Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise website at www.marcoislandsunriserotary.org.