It's really heartwarming to know that over 5,000 participants, young and old, and including 50 migrant workers from Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd, walk together barefooted, to help raise close to S$300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty! The funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local programme Project HomeWorks, an initiative designed to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and the physically-challenged living in one-room flats across Singapore. This includes mobilising volunteers to do proper clean-ups, conduct repair and paint works, and replace bedbug-infested furniture!
|our family was captured by Running Shots|
Families and friends enjoyed the day out at Bare Your Sole with a variety of live performances by local acts, and dug into a wide selection of food and beverage. Entertainment such as face painting and balloon sculpting kiosks, along with cotton candy and popcorn stands were also made available for the young and the young at heart.
|warming up exercises before the walk (image taken from event organiser)|
|drum performances at the start and finish of the walk (image taken from event organiser)|
|start of the walk (image taken from event organiser)|
|people from all walks of life come together to take part in this meaningful walk, including the young and pregnant! (image taken from event organiser)|
|There is a bouncing castle for little ones to play too (image taken from event organiser)|
|At the end of the walk, you can also take a picture at the photo booth with a min donation of $2!|
I understand this year marks the 6th year that Bare Your Sole has been running and it is heartening to see the participants grow year by year. Bare Your Sole is an annual event organised by Habitat for Humanity Singapore, where people of all ages take one Saturday morning in a year to walk barefoot together to raise money for those in need. For many poor people in developing countries and disaster-stricken places, going barefoot is a daily reality.
If your family is keen, do like Bare Your Sole on Facebook and join in from next year! :) I feel it's a very good opportunity to explain to the children why we are walking barefoot and how we can help after completing the charity walk. And while teaching your young children everything from academics, moral values and physical, don't forget to give your child a lesson on sharing and giving back to society. :)
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