International Volunteer Week is taking place April 19 – 25, 2009, and to celebrate the occasion, I’m spearheading an initiative where I’ll live life without shoes for the entire week. As they say, “You never really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes,” so I’m taking it a step further: that’s right, I’m going barefoot!
I’m asking fellow students, teachers and the general public to do the same, or as long as you can, to better understand the struggles faced by underprivileged children in the developing world – many of whom cannot afford shoes, let alone attend school or even know where their next meal is coming from.
Children in these countries walk miles in their bare feet every day to fetch water, work on their farm lands, go to school, or perform other chores. For many of them, the first priority is to take care of their families. This is true especially for girls, who are less likely to attend school or are the first ones taken out if they did.
In other news, I’ll also be featured in an independent documentary, “Yes We Can!”, that will debut at the Sprockets Film Festival in Toronto on April 19, 2009. I’ll also be featured on the CBC series “Breakout” on April 20 and 21, 2009. I’m looking forward to it, because I’ll be attending the festival barefoot, too! In addition, I’m attending the 2009 Ontario Volunteerism Awards bare feet by invitation from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Michael Chan.
I’m urging everyone to spend just one hour bare feet any day during International Volunteer Week. Even better, people can spend a half or even a full day bare feet at work, at school or at home. What are you prepared to do to make the world a better place?
Go bare feet with me and make change – one step at a time.
“Together We Can Make A Difference”