HFH Singapore’s Barefoot Charity Walk Draws 5,000 People
Individual Supporters Help Boost Funds Raised To S$300,000
The 2012 Bare Your Sole exceeded the number of participants and funds raised for the previous year’s event.
SINGAPORE, 18 July 2012: About 5,000 people gamely walked 2.5 km. or 5 km. barefoot in aid of Habitat for Humanity Singapore.
With support from title sponsor British banking group Barclays, Bare Your Sole 2012 was held at a Singapore park on 2 June, raising about S$300,000 (US$237,000). The sum was boosted by individual supporters such as Paul Hopkins and Ong Li Li and their friends who walked a total of about 200 km. before the event.
Food, music, games and other entertainment were part of the lineup of carnival activities for the morning. Nathan Hartono, home-grown singer with two solo jazz albums and a DVD album, performed for thousands of barefoot walkers.
This year’s event featured a Habitat Village designed by students from Singapore Polytechnic using recycled materials. A focal display was the Up Flat (most of Singapore’s population lives in government-subsidized apartments or flats). Balloons will lift a “flat” built with carton boxes into the air to symbolize Habitat supporters’ help reaching families in need.
Last year’s event attracted more than 4,000 walkers and raised over S$130,000 (about US$103,000) for Habitat’s work.