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Bare Your Sole 2016

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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Show You Care, Go Bare at Bare Your Sole 2016

Bare Your Sole 2016 is back and it is happening on 10th September 2016! I had been participating in Bare Your Sole, Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon from 2011 to 2014, walking barefoot and sharing about this charity barefoot walkathon. I wasn’t able to participate in 2015 Bare Your Sole due to a photography job assignment. Here’s a walk back in time with my photographs to Bare Your Sole 2011 to 2014.

For Bare Your Sole 2016, I am helping to spread and share the word again to everybody on Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon that is taking place on 10th September 2016. Show You Care, Go Bare at Bare Your Sole 2016! Do support this cause if you are able to, sign up and come on down on the morning of 10th September 2016 for a fun leisure barefoot walk with your family, loved ones and friends! This is a great time to Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On!

Let me share with you more information and details on Bare Your Sole 2016 –

Bare Your Sole, Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon, is back once again to raise funds and awareness for the less fortunate in Singapore who struggle with poverty on a daily basis. This year’s edition is set to take place at OCBC Square on September 10th, at 7:30am. Registration is now open for this one of a kind event for the family.

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Funds raised from the 2.5km and 5km charity walkathon will go towards Project HomeWorks, a local initiative that aims to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and people with disabilities living in poor conditions across the island. This year marks the celebration of the programme’s 10th anniversary, which commemorates the heartfelt support and achievements of the community.

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Photo: Bare Your Sole 2015 (Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore)

Over S$350,000 was raised from last year’s edition of Bare Your Sole, where more than 6,000 participants turned up to show their support.

“Bare Your Sole has always served as an opportunity to shed light on the plight of the less fortunate in Singapore and for fellow Singaporeans to step up and lend a helping hand,” said Mr. Yong Teck Meng, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “This year’s Bare Your Sole is particularly special for us as we celebrate 10 years of good work through Project HomeWorks. My sincere gratitude goes out to every participant, volunteer and corporate partner for your continuous support.”

Aside from the walkathon, Bare Your Sole 2016 will feature a host of fun activities for the whole family while learning more about the work that Habitat for Humanity Singapore does, both locally and abroad.

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Photo: Bare Your Sole 2015 (Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore)

Registration Details

Online registration for Bare Your Sole 2016 is available at bareyoursole.sg. Early bird registration runs until Thursday, June 30th, 2016 while regular registration closes on Friday, August 12th, 2016. Information pertaining to the event pack collection will be announced at a later date.

Early bird registration

Adult – S$35

NSF (ages 17-24) / Student (ages 7-21) – S$25

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$25

Family of four – S$105

Normal registration

Adult – S$45

NSF (ages 17-24) / Student (ages 7-21) – S$35

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$35

Family of four – S$140

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Singapore and Porter Novelli*

We Tech Care 2016

A big and warm gathering of many different people from all walks of life, with a common purpose to Pay-It-Forward and give back to the society, making the community a batter place to work, live and play in. At We Tech Care 2016, this event rallied and garnered over 200 people from local startups, non-profit organisations and partner organisations, and Microsoft to showcase how powerful and wonderful technology can be in helping the less fortunate, creating a smarter and more inclusive Singapore.

Held at JTC LaunchPad@one-north, We Tech Care 2016 is the official platform for the launch event of the President’s Challenge 2016, with His Excellency President Tony Tan Keng Yam, gracing the launch event. The JTC LaunchPad@one-north is a vibrant and exciting co-working space for local startups, an ideal location to showcase both the power of technology, how organisations using technology can make an impact and give back to society.

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The impact of technology has benefitted many people around the world. Singapore has grown and transformed tremendously over the past 50 years, techology and innovation play a significant part in the growing process. However, there are still people who have not been able to fully harness the power of technology and its benefits. While there is a commercial market system to bring technology and its products to the market, the social market system for technology has more potential, they can be build up further into a strong and accessible social capital through technology to help those in need, the less fortunate and less privileged people in society.

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At We Tech Care 2016, I saw them coming all together, orgnisations such as Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD), Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Singapore, RSVP (The Organisation of Senior Volunteers), Jaga-Me, together with Microsoft Singapore, playing a part together for President’s Challenge 2016, allowing the rest of the society to learn, understand and more about what they are doing and providing for different groups in society. There were also fringe activities comprising of fun and games for the whole family, there were also talks, workshops and startup discovery tours too.

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While I wasn’t able to speak to all the organisations present at We Tech Care 2016, I did manage to have a chat with Mr Amos Miller, Chairman, Guide Dogs Association of the Blind Singapore. During my conversation, I began to understand more on how technology can help visually impaired people, in the form of a headphone that is GPS enabled together with a smartphone, a map and an app. That was also where I learned about this programme/movement known as Cities Unlocked programme. I had a very interesting conversation with Mr Amos Miller, whereby I learned something new and useful. This is something that I can help to do my part (it’s a small part) and help spread the word of the technology and gadgets that they are working on that can provide visually impaired people more empowerment and confidence to move around in society. Although it is still a prototype, I have a feeling that it can be and it would be improved further, until a day that it would be available to the visually impaired people in the very near future.

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Singapore has grown so fast and transformed so much in the past 50 years. While we had gained and grown a lot, in aspects of standards of living, wealth and well being, there are some segements of the community that have fallen through the cracks. Now, Singapore can now look at certain aspects of society that can be improved further, our social and emotional capital, helping those that have fallen through the cracks.

Through We Tech Care 2016, the official platform for the launch of President’s Challenge 2016, I hope that more awareness can be generated, to spread across the whole of Singapore, helping to garner the power of technology through accessibility, organisations, services, and giving back to society, to empower people, bridging the gaps in society between the have and have-not.

Remember, you can make an impact and difference to the society too! Using technology, spread the word of this movement – We Tech Care too!

Bare Your Sole 2014

Walking barefoot for a charitable cause and movement, looking back to 2011, my first time participating in Bare Your Sole. This was my fourth year participating in Bare Your Sole 2014! Bare Your Sole 2014 saw 5000 participants walking barefoot and helping to raise close to $300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty. The charity barefoot walk was held at the iconic Gardens By The Bay – Bay East and the 5000 participants were able to enjoy the good weather and sceneries of Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay during the walk! Here’s a throwback to my Bare Your Sole participation in 2012 and 2013!

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There were a few notable famous participants rallying the enthusiastic crowd and amongst the 5,000 strong troop were Habitat Ambassadors – Television host, film producer and former Nominated Member of Parliament, Eunice Olsen, model, actor and host, Paul Foster and travel host and writer, Anita Kapoor.

It was great to see the number of participants that turned up at Bare Your Sole 2014, they were there for a good cause and enjoyed their time with their friends and loved ones. Some families brought their young children along too and they were just as sporting in walking bare foot too! For those that signed up for the 5km route, they walked towards Marina Barrage and I saw many participants relaxing at Marina Barrage, taking photographs of their barefoot together, group photos and group selfies too!

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There was something special during Bare Your Sole 2014 that was brought to my attention by the public relations agency, Porter Novelli, for Bare Your Sole 2014 – Making up the 5,000 participants were over 50 migrant workers from Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd, some of which were inspired by personal events back home and wanted to do their part for the Singaporean community.

 “Bare Your Sole is an event that my colleagues and myself enjoy and relate to, as some of our families back home do not have a decent place to live in,” said Mr. Raman Ganesan, Safety Coordinator of Kim Seng Heng Engineering Construction Pte Ltd. “I am glad to have had the opportunity to contribute my share to this meaningful event.” At the end of the walk, the participants were treated to a morning of fun and entertainment for the family and friends, with live performances from local entertainment acts along with food and beverage.

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It was great to be part of Bare Your Sole 2014, helping to continue spreading the message and awareness! Here’s some of the photographs I took during Bare Your Sole 2014 on Flickr!


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STEPS In The Park 2014 by EmancipAsia

The weather on Saturday morning, 5th April 2014 was adverse with heavy rain pouring down over Gardens By The Bay skyline. However, this did not deter the enthusiastic and supportive group of over 1,200 people that took part in the inaugural STEPS In The Park event, choosing to run or walk in the 5km event, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

STEPS in the Park was conceived by EmancipAsia, a Singapore based not for profit organisation made up entirely of volunteers, with the aim of enabling people to ‘take their first step’ towards gaining a better understanding of human trafficking and modern day slavery. Participants were also invited to take a further step by taking a pledge where they committed to ‘Raise awareness by telling at least 2 more people about the cause’, ‘Be more informed about sex and labour trafficking’ and to ‘Reduce their Slavery Footprint’. The supporting partners were Singapore Government Interagency Taskforce against Trafficking in Persons and ACS International Singapore. Joining the STEPS in the Park event today was Speaker of Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob, who addressed the participants with a speech, before she signed the EmancipAsia ‘Pledge Board’, and flagged off the 5km non-competitive event.

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Participants started the 5km route at the Silver Garden of Gardens By The Bay South, running or walking towards the Marina Barrage, turning towards Gardens By The Bay East before turning back along the same route back to the event ground at the Silver Garden. Back at the Silver Garden, participants were able to view “Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking “- an ArtWorks for Freedom exhibition by photographer, Kay Chernush (check out my coverage of the Bought & Sold exhibition in 2012), as well as posters that informed viewers of the different dimensions of the subject, including Singapore’s National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons.

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I felt great to be able to help out in a small way at the STEPS In The Park event by EmancipAsia, photographing the participants, writing and sharing about this event, helping to spread and raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. The spirit and support of the participants running in the heavy rain or walking with umbrellas, showed great support and commitment to the cause of STEPS In The Park. Running in the heavy rain, the runners were still in great spirits, smiling for the cameras! The volunteers and helpers were awesome too, in encouraging the supporters/runners and making STEPS In The Park 2014 a successful event! Through my photography coverage/collection of STEPS In The Park on Flickr, I hope to share with my readers about STEPS In The Park by EmancipAsia.

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You can do a part too! Share with your family, loved ones and friends on EmancipAsia, to help raise awareness of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. For more information on EmancipAsia, check out the information below –

About EmancipAsia

EmancipAsia Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee registered in Singapore in March 2012. Although registered as a company, our activities are not-for-profit, and our financial records are available for scrutiny to major donors. EmancipAsia is a volunteer run organization, led by our founder Ms Sylvia Lee.

Our mission is to combat human trafficking by raising awareness, advocating change and empowering communities, businesses and individuals to take action to end this horrific crime against humanity. While human trafficking is a global problem, our region of focus is the Asia-Pacific, with our base operations in Singapore.

Our mission is in line with the Singapore government’s national plan to fight human trafficking both in Singapore and the region. An inter-agency task force was formed in 2011 to combat what has been described as “a threat to Singapore’s security as well as its economic and social fabric”. The national plan has a four-pronged approach, namely, “prevent, prosecute, protect and partnership.” Raising awareness is a preventive measure.

See more at http://www.emancipasia.org/ or http://stepsinthepark.com/

* Information courtesy of EmancipAsia and Cohn-Wolfe XPR *


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Bare Your Sole 2013

On 1st June 2013, I was back for Bare Your Sole 2013, lending the support for the 3rd year in a row. For the Bare Your Sole 2013, I didn’t walk barefoot like the 2 years before, instead I was exploring around the event village and the festivities. As the years went by, the event got bigger and there were more participants for Bare Your Sole 2013, over 5000 people took part in today’s Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 charity walk, choosing to take off their shoes for either 2.5km or 5km to help raise well over S$ 300,000 for Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s ‘Project Homeworks’ comfortably exceeding last year’s total.

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What is Project Homeworks all about ? Project Homeworks was conceived to help improve the living conditions of Singapore’s elderly, sick and physically-challenged citizens.  It was recently reported in Parliament that there are 35,000 vulnerable elderly in Singapore, many of whom live in single room rental flats all over Singapore in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

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I walked up to Benjamin Sheares Bridge and took some photos from the bird’s eye view top down of the entire event, it was great to see a sea of blue people among the tents, marquees and the gardens. Going back down, chatting with the PR folks from Cohn-Wolfe XPR, understanding more about the events and activities for Bare Your Sole 2013 and I also shared my experiences from my previous Bare Your Sole walks in 2011 and 2012. At the events village, I spotted my old friend who was walking with his colleagues from his company, they had been avid supporters of Bare Your Sole! This wonderful and charitable event will get better and bigger in the future years ahead, it’s a great reminder to all of us that while we had prospered and enjoyed growth in income and having a higher standard of living, there are still people that wasn’t able to catch up and some were left behind. Through events like Bare Your Sole, we can help them in many ways!

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Here’s my stories recap of my Bare Your Sole adventures and photographs, do drop by and check them out, going back in memories! Do continue to support Bare Your Sole social cause and movement!

Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013

– Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

– Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012

– Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2011

– Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2012 

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Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 on 1st June

On the Saturday morning, 1st June 2013, you and your family members, loved ones and friends can all join together for a meaningful and fun charity walk event in Singapore without shoes. This is the 5th edition of Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 that would be held at Gardens By The Bay East, Tanjong Rhu. I had supported the Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole in 2011 and 2012, it had been a good experience to be part of this charity walk event and I was glad to help the needy people. Last year’s 2012 event saw 5,000 participants take part, with over S$300,000 raised for Habitat for Humanity Singapore. The organisers hope to see more than 5,000 pairs of bare feet for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013.

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A photo that I took during Bare Your Sole 2011

For Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013, they will be helping to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s ‘Project Homeworks’. The project was conceived to improve the living conditions of Singapore’s elderly, sick and physically-challenged citizens living in one-room flats all over the island. In Singapore, as many as 35,000 people are living alone in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Being elderly, sick or handicapped, these people are unable to clean their homes effectively. Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 will help raise funds for these local beneficiaries and increase awareness for the project. Through ‘Project Homeworks’, volunteers are mobilised to help clean-up these homes and in turn, improve the lives of many Singaporeans.

Singapore has enjoyed tremendous growth and prosperity today, with modern high rise developments and a good standard of living. However, there are fellow Singaporeans that are not able to catch up with the growth and prosperity, thus some of them have fallen behind the rest of the society today due to their circumstances. We can all help them to make a difference to these group of fellow Singaporeans that have fallen behind through your contributions.

Online registration for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 opens today on www.bareyoursole.org.sg and the website contains all the necessary information for the event on Saturday, 1 June. The event website also allows participants to pledge a donation online. For more information about supporting events, behind-the-scenes information about ‘Project Homeworks’, as well as competitions leading up to event, please visit the Habitat-Barclays Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BareYourSoleSG

Do check out my stories and photographs of Bare Your Sole 2011 and Bare Your Sole 2012

Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012

Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2011

Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2012 

No matter how big or small, you can make a difference and make an impact to the group of needy people in Singapore during Bare Your Sole 2013.

Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

In a modern cosmopolitan city like Singapore, with her high standards of living and modern lifestyle, having access to many technological advancements and tools, social media, internet and many other wonderful things. Many a times, we forgot how much we have progressed from a sleep fishing village to a modern country today, failing to appreciate the peace, prosperity, healthy and nice living environment.

There are people in other parts of the world, that are not able to enjoy all of the things we are having and enjoying now in Singapore, these people could be living in developing countries and disaster stricken areas. It was from this charity walk, Bare Your Sole 2011, organised by Habitat for Humanity Singapore, showing that organisations are out there helping these people who are in need of help, to help them build a decent home, a shelter over their head, a place for them to live in.

Bare Your Sole 2011 was held at Gardens by the Bay East (Rhu Cross) on 18th June 2011, a great turnout of support and walkers, walking barefoot and raising funds for the needy. Although the weather wasn’t sunny and bright, it wasn’t raining and the rain stopped, just nice for the walk to begin. Flagged off by Mr Dhanabalan, A leisure walk in the Gardens, beautiful sceneries of Singapore’s Marina Bay landscape of Marina Barrage, Singapore Flyer, Marina Square, Raffles Place CBD and Marina Bay Sands. The crowds were great, from all ages and walks of life, walking barefoot in the name of charity, enjoying themselves and taking many photos too!

It was fun to be part of this interesting and noble event, helping to raise the funds for other needy people too. While we are able to enjoy the high standards of living and comfort in Singapore now, let’s all take stock and appreciate the finer things in life, not just chasing the dollars and cents, status and power. Therefore, we can also help those around us who are more needy too!


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