When TOMS contacted me to help spread the word about One Day Without Shoes it was a no brainer. This is an annual day when we take off our shoes to raise global awareness for children’s health and education. So please join in posting a barefoot pic on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with hashtag #WithoutShoes
In a nutshell, TOMS is asking people around the world to go barefoot on April 29, 2013 to help bring awareness to children’s global health and education issues. In order to bring global attention to the day.
The goal is to get as many people involved as possible, as the more bare feet there are… the bigger footprint we make. It really brings to light the importance of One Day Without Shoes. It may not seem like it in our day-to-day lives, but having a pair of shoes fits in to a much bigger, global picture, including health and education.
Going barefoot makes children extremely susceptible to Hookworm (which affects 740 million people worldwide) and Podoconiosis, a debilitating disease that causes extremely painful swelling of the feet and legs, and affects more than 4 million people in at least 15 countries. In addition, children in many developing countries are not able to attend school without a proper uniform. By providing children with a pair of shoes, school attendance can be increased by 62%. When shoes are integrated into programs with larger community development goals, they empower children and their families to get the care and support they need.
You can learn more about these statistics and other ways people can get involved at http://www.toms.com/onedaywithoutshoes/l