In the TV series "The A-team" (for those of you young punks out there, this used to be one of the most popular TV action-series), the leader of the team of action heroes was fond of saying, "I just love it when a plan comes together!"
I would certainly express the same sentiment looking at the success of our 6th Bare Your Sole event held at Gardens by the bay east on July 12th 2014. After months and months of planning, working with hundreds of volunteers, supporters and professionals, some 5,000 people turned up and we raised about S$300,000 (we are still tabulating the accounts as I write). We do believe we had the largest number of participants thus far.
The weather was great, the program went smoothly and all the hard work paid off. More importantly, it was really encouraging to see many people bringing their children to walk bare foot for 2.5 km or 5 km, wearing no shoes to remember those with no homes. The entire program was meant to help remind Singaporeans while they are blessed with abundance and a wonderful country to live in; there are many in Singapore and beyond that need their help. This we have done not just via the walk, but also through the social media coverage, radio shows, blogs, youtube videos, newspaper coverage and television news coverage. And we had lots of fun doing this as well!
Let the photographs taken on that beautiful day tell the rest of the story:
Above: At the starting point.
Above: Habitat Singapore Chairman Daniel See
walking with Senior Advisor Philip Ng
Above: Bare-foot walk through the beautiful park.
Above: Regardless of race, language or religion; united in the common goal of wanting to help.
Above: Beautiful view for the 5 km walkers.
Above: Aerial view of the event.
Above: Our wonderful celebrity-ambassadors and supporters with Habitat's Melodie.
(From left): Eunice Olsen, Sebastian Sim, Elliot Danker, Anita Kapoor,
Melodie Lee, Paul Foster, Claire Jedrek.
The toughest thing to do is to figure out how to top this for 2015! Believe me, we have started thinking... after all, there are still so much for us to do for the many people who need help in Singapore, and around this region.
We really would not be able to do Bare Your Sole 2014 (or anything else for that matter) without all our wonderful donors, volunteers, supporters. So here's a big "Thank You!" Let's all come together and make this world a better place than when we found it.
Love, Joy Peace.
Yong Teck Meng
28th July 2014
Habitat for Humanity Singapore - "A world where every child has a decent place to live in."
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Habitat for Humanity Singapore is an Institute of Public Character (IPC) and issues tax exempt receipt for donations that benefit Singaporeans.