News: Bare Your Sole 2014 raises close to S$300,000 for charity with the support of 5,000 pairs of bare feet

Last weekend, Bare Your Sole 2014 saw 5,000 participants walk barefoot to help raise close to S$300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty.

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.

“This year marks the sixth edition of Bare Your Sole, and it is heartening to see the community grow from strength to strength since its inception,” said Mr Yong Teck Meng, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “We are thankful to everyone who has contributed to Bare Your Sole and for making a difference in the lives of others.”

The barefoot charity walk was held at the iconic Gardens by the Bay East, where participants from all walks of life, had the choice to trek along a 2.5km or 5km scenic route to show their support for the cause. Rallying the enthusiastic crowd and amongst the 5,000 strong troop were Habitat Ambassadors – Television host, film producer and former Nominated Member of Parliament, Eunice Olsen, model, actor and host, Paul Foster and travel host and writer, Anita Kapoor.

“It’s so heart-warming to know that Bare Your Sole has grown in support and participation, and everyone who has participated today or in the past has contributed to making a difference to the lives of those we try to help,” said Eunice Olsen, Goodwill Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “After all, it is the little things we do that make the bigger difference.”

Making up the 5,000 participants were over 50 migrant workers from Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd, some of which were inspired by personal events back home and wanted to do their part for the Singaporean community.

“Bare Your Sole is an event that my colleagues and myself enjoy and relate to, as some of our families back home do not have a decent place to live in,” said Mr. Raman Ganesan, Safety Coordinator of Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd. “I am glad to have had the opportunity to contribute my share to this meaningful event.”

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.ung and the young at heart.

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About Habitat for Humanity Singapore

Habitat for Humanity Singapore is a Christian non-profit housing organisation, working for people of all backgrounds regardless of their race, language or religion. Since its inception in 2004, Habitat for Humanity Singapore seeks to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by working alongside homeowners to build simple, decent houses. Anchored by the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity Singapore has continually mobilised volunteers under its Global Village programme for building projects and disaster response all over the world, including China, the Philippines and India. Locally, Habitat for Humanity Singapore started Project HomeWorks, a program that seeks to improve the living conditions, safety and sanitation of the growing number of vulnerable elderly across the island. Habitat for Humanity Singapore has mobilized hundreds of volunteers to clean-up and furnish the homes of these elderly since 2006. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit http://www.habitat.org.sg/ or contact us at info@habitat.org.sg.

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Information and visuals as kindly provided by Habitat for Humanity Singapore and Porter Novelli.