One Day Without Shoes is a global initiative that challenges everyday people to forego shoes and go barefoot for an entire day in an effort to increase awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. One Day Without Shoes is on April 10th, 2012 and people all over the world will partake in this worthy cause by going about their everyday lives sans shoes – going One Day Without Shoes. Why? Because millions of children in this world are living without proper footwear, exposing them to injury and disease. Going one day without shoes creates the opportunity to start a conversation and let others know how serious and dire this situation truly is and affect change in a positive way.
Why Go One Day Without Shoes?
Children with no shoes are exposed to a number of dangerous hazards, including podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring soil-based disease; hookworm, a condition that can cause intestinal pain, weakness and cognitive impairment; jiggers, burrowing fleas which cause painful infections; and dangerous debris such as broken glass and syringes. A simple pair of shoes can help prevent injury and, when combined with sanitation and basic hygiene, can prevent disease and infections. Additionally, because shoes are required in order to attend school in many areas, one pair can provide access to better to education.
While there are certainly some places in the world where going barefoot is widely accepted, when children are affected by disease and illness, or unable to attend school due to inadequate footwear, it is not about a cultural preference, but about the need for protection. That is the driving force behind the One Day Without Shoes campaign.
How One Day Without Shoes Works
The way it works is simple. Any person who wants to get involved can go one day with no shoes and if you want to find local One Day Without Shoes events, you can go to the One Day Without Shoes website and click on the “events” tab to find dates, times and locations of events scheduled in their area. If there isn’t an event in your area, you can register to host your own and invite your friends, family, classmates, coworkers and colleagues. The One Day Without Shoes website also contains several ideas for promoting your event and creative do-it-yourself ways to spread the word – everything from rally signs, street stencils, pocket cards, stickers and banners to cool do-it-yourself t-shirts and displays. Go no shoes for a day!
Get a Group to Go One Day Without Shoes
Additionally any group with 50 or more people can join the One Day Without Shoes “challenge” in which they will compete for exciting prizes. This includes companies, non-profits, universities, book clubs, etc., as well as their supporters. Each member of the group pledges their commitment to go a day without shoes. The organization with the most “go barefoot” pledges wins some unforgettable prizes including a speaking engagement with TOMS Shoes Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, Blake Mycoskie and other great surprises.
Learn More about One Day Without Shoes
With millions of children are at risk of injury, disease and soil-transmitted infections every day, something has to be done to affect change. The One Day Without Shoes campaign can accomplish this change, but they can’t do it alone. Consider joining in, going a day with no shoes and becoming a part of something that can truly make a difference in the lives of others. Visit the One Day Without Shoes website www.onedaywithoutshoes.com for more information.