Here’s a fun fact: did you know that on average, men own 12 pairs of shoes while women own 27 pairs of shoes? I must say, that is a lot of shoes. But I mean, shoes are an important and essential part of our life; and in fact, the earliest known shoe was from 7,000 BC!
Now that I think of it, there are many, many, many things we humans take for granted. Imagine if we didn’t have shoes. If I had to walk to school barefoot, by the time I get to class, I’m pretty sure my feet would’ve been sore and it would’ve hurt real bad. For us who live a comfortable life, we might not really think about shoes that much. However, there are still people in other parts of the world that don’t have the luxury of wearing shoes, and although we might not think about shoes that much, shoes actually do a great job of keeping us healthy. Imagine all the parasites there are on the ground!
Ever heard of hookworms? Hookworms are soil-transmitted parasites, and they have affected 740 million people worldwide. They cause long-term physical effects, including stunted growth, decreased cognitive development, anemia and chronic fatigue. Studies have even showed that children affected by hookworm are 20% less likely to go to school and earn 40% less in adult life. (Source: http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/learn-more)
In order to raise awareness about children who are not fortunate enough to wear shoes, our very own Toms Club held an event called One Day Without Shoes. “One Day Without Shoes is our day to bring global awareness to children’s health and education by going [around campus] without shoes,” said Taco Chang, vice president of Toms Club. “There are lots of children who live without shoes, and in order to protect their feet, Toms matches every pair of shoes purchased from them with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need.”
Hence, on Tuesday, 16th April 2013, Toms club walked around campus barefoot, in order to raise awareness about children’s health and education. I had the opportunity to join them, and even though it was only for 30 minutes, my feet already felt sore. Join Toms Club next year for One Day Without Shoes 2014 and help raise awareness about children’s health! For more information about Toms Club, you can contact Taco, vice president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.