Go barefoot for a day

By Carolyn Enting

Go barefoot for a day
The One Day Without Shoes campaign is raising awareness for children's global health and education.

Philanthropic footwear brand TOMS is encouraging everyone to go barefoot for a day tomorrow (April 29) to raise awareness for kids around the world who don’t have any.

TOMS hopes the One Day Without Shoes campaign will spark conversation and help make the issue better known with the end goal to improve children’s health and education worldwide.

According to TOMS almost 40 per cent of the world’s population don’t own a single pair of shoes. In many developing countries children must walk barefoot on harsh terrain for miles to get to school, find clean water or seek medical help – risking cuts, infection and disease. Research by TOMS has shown that shoes can also increase school attendance in these countries by 65 per cent.

Since 2006 TOMS has provided more than 10 million pairs of shoes to children after TOMS founder and “chief shoe giver” Blake Mycoskie introduced the idea of ‘one for one’, which means every time a pair of TOMS shoes is sold anywhere in the world another pair is gifted to a child in need.

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