In its 8th edition, Bare Your Sole 2016 attracted over 5,000 people to come down, walk bare foot at Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon. Personally, Bare Your Sole 2016 is my 5th year participating, lending my support to this charity fundraising event through the years (2011 to 2014, missing out 2015 due to a clash of my schedule).

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The weather was good on the morning of Bare Your Sole 2016, then in the turn of an eye, within an hour, the weather changed with heavy rain hitting the area. Thus, the flag off had to be postponed back a bit of time around for an hour. Nevertheless, the spirits were good and the rain didn’t dampen the crowds at Bare Your Sole 2016, showing their support for a good cause. Due to the earlier weather changes, the bare foot walkathon was just the 2.5km walk for all supporters. For this year, I didn’t do the bare foot walkathon because I had to rush off for a wedding lunch assistant photography assignment after the flag off. Therefore, I stayed around the event grounds, taking photos of the flag off, the start of the walkathon. I was lucky to photograph some of the participants walking back from their 2.5km walkathon (I reckoned they walked pretty fast!), crossing the finishing line before I left!

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At Bare Your Sole 2016, it wasn’t just a bare foot walkathon, there were many other activities for the participants to relax and have fun after the walkathon, from special performances, arts and craft activities, fun and entertainment, as well as understanding more about the works done Habitat for Humanity Singapore.

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Through Bare Your Sole 2016, $250,000 for the less privileged were raised and this was also a great opportunity to drive across messages and awareness to the Singapore society that there are less fortunate people among us, that are living in poverty in Singapore and around the world too. The funds raised from Bare Your Sole 2016 will go towards Project HomeWorks related initiatives planned for year 2017.

What is Project HomeWorks all about ?

Project HomeWorks, Habitat for Humanity Singapores local home-cleaning programme, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, having begun as an initiative to improve the living conditions of Singapores elderly, disabled and low income families and individuals. By mobilising volunteers to take part in an intense home cleaning process that would improve the beneficiariesquality of life, Project HomeWorks has helped clean over 1,800 homes over the past decade.

Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore

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It was great to see the number of participants and the funds raised at Bare Your Sole 2016. I sincerely hope that the people in Singapore realise and know that we have fellow Singaporeans in poverty, facing an increasing and wider income gap, they have fallen through the gap, falling behind the rest of the society. Some Singaporeans are living quite well off and can be/are quite ignorant of the less fortunate people living in Singapore.

Let’s all Pass-It-On, spread the word and help the less fortunate in Singapore and around the world.


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