Go Barefoot. Wake Forest University- Upper Quad. April 5th.
One Day Without Shoes is an annual event created by TOMS Shoes in which students, friends, parents, strangers, and co-workers host or participate in events without shoes. Some go without shoes for an hour, some for the whole day, but all become a part of a greater movement toward change.
At Wake Forest University on April 5th by having a small table outside of Reynolda Hall on the Upper Quad. Here, students will pledge a donation to walk to the quad barefoot. Afterwards, students can either donate money or purchase a cut-out paper foot which can be placed on the bricks of the quad. The goal of this event will be to fill the entire quad walkway with cut-out footprints. Along with footprints, the quad will also be filled with signs of statistics of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. And for those students interested in making a personal commitment, alongside our table will be a table of jewelry made by the children of BASICS International in Chorkor, Ghana which people can purchase.
All proceeds will be benefitting the 10-year old NGO, BASICS International, which is an educational and rehabilitation center for the youth of Chorkor, Ghana. Chorkor is an urban fishing community whose industry usually employs child labor. These children thus stop attending school and this begins the cycle of illiteracy and poverty. BASICS International works to correct this by providing educational and vocational skills while also providing life skills and mentorship.