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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*

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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Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012 on 2nd June !

Everyday, we are walking to and fro, from places to places, whether it’s for work, studies or leisure and recreational activities, we will be wearing our comfortable and beautiful shoes, heels, sandals, slippers, something that covers both our feet. Walking with shoes is now a basic necessity in our life here in Singapore, yet, it is a luxury for people who are less well off in other parts of the world, who walk barefoot because they cannot afford basic necessities beyond having a pair of shoes.

On the 2nd June 2012, Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole is a meaningful and noble walking event, walking barefoot for a short distance of 2.5km or 5km in Singapore on a Saturday morning in Singapore, all in the name of charity fund raising and awareness. Returning back on 2nd June 2012, to be held at the beautiful Gardens By the Bay East, Tanjong Rhu, spanned by the beautiful and gorgeous Marina Bay Waterfront behind the Gardens, Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012 is hoping to attract more than 5,000 pairs of bare feet for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012, from the 4000 pairs of bare feet in 2011, do check out my walking barefoot for charity in 2011 !

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It was a great humbling experience last year in 2011 to walk barefoot for a short distance, raising funds for a great and noble cause, remind myself of the blessings and opportunities that we have it here that others do not have. This would be a morning of fun for your family and friends to come together for a morning barefoot walk for a great noble cause.

By participating in this barefoot walk, YOU will help to raise funds for local and overseas beneficiaries while this event will also assist in raising awareness for Habitat for Humanity projects that build homes and fight poverty for the less fortunate across the Asia Pacific region.

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Registration is now OPEN and Normal registration closes at midnight, 26 May, 2012 ! Head over to the Registration page and sign up for a noble heartwarming barefoot walk fund raising event !

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit Christian housing organisation with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses. We build for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.

About Barclays

Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.

Photos from Bare Your Sole 2011 

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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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