Walton looks to grow Foundation
West Indies and Jamaica Tallawahs batsman Chadwick Walton, a founding member of the Miller Taylor Walton Foundation, says the trio will be hoping to register the organisation as an official charity, while inviting corporate Jamaica to assist the organisation's growth.
The three cricketers have used the foundation, now in its second year, as a way of giving back to the sport as role models, while contributing cricket gear and equipment to a number of schools islandwide.
According to Walton, the inspiration came from the realisation of how expensive cricket equipment is in the Caribbean.
"Just a little support will go a long way for certain schools, and I am sure that there are other schools in Jamaica who will need that little extra assistance, so that's what we are concentrating on," Walton said in a recent interview.
Walton is a former student of Munro College while his fellow foundation members, cricketers Nikita Miller and Jerome Taylor, attended St Elizabeth Technical High School.
Those schools and others were given equipment last year.
"The focus now is to get the charity registered and to see how best we can accumulate funds," Walton said.
The equipment comes mainly out of India and Walton said they will be looking to cut back on personal spending and, instead, try to rally corporate support in the not-for-profit venture.
One of the concerns faced, according to Walton, is shipping costs.
"We don't want to ship the equipment to Jamaica and then, when we reach the port, we have to pay this exorbitant figure, so we want to get the charity registered," he said.