Ever wonder how it feels to live without shoes?

We are all very fortunate to have nice and comfortable shoes to wear each day.  Do you know that for many poor people in developing countries and disaster-stricken places, going barefoot is a daily reality?

To put ourselves in others’ shoes, we decided to participate in Bare Your Sole 2014, an annual event organized by Habitat for Humanity Singapore, an international Christian non-profit organization, where people of all ages take one Saturday morning in a year to walk barefoot together to raise money for those in need.

We arrived bright and early at Gardens by the Bay East (Rhu Cross).  After a warm-up session led by trainers from Fitness First, it was time to walk barefoot.

At the beginning, the walk was pleasant, with nice view, breezy weather and some entertainment along the way.  As we approached the 2.5 km mark, our feet were starting to feel sore.

I had initially signed up for the 2.5 km walk, but knowing that we would be in for an even nicer view at Marina Barrage, we decided to continue and went further for the 5 km walk.

The view was indeed beautiful along the way, loop round the barrage, and back to the starting point.  At Marina Barrage, we couldn’t resist to dip our tired feet into the cool water for some temporary relief!

It took us about 1.5 hours to finish the entire walk.  Even though our feet were really red and sore by then, we felt good because we knew we had helped to raise funds for the needy.

I asked both Iden and Ilis if they want to do this again next year and they answered yes without hesitation.  They knew we were doing this for a good cause and that was the main takeaway I would like them to learn at the end of the day.

-Idy Tan