Still walking strong: Eighth edition of Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s flagship fundraiser celebrates the 10th Anniversary of local programme, Project HomeWorks.
Over 5,000 people participated in the eighth edition of Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon, Bare Your Sole 2016 on 10 September, at OCBC Square. Participants chose to tread a 2.5 kilometre or 5 kilometre path to raise S$250,000 for the less privileged as well as drive awareness for those living in poverty in Singapore and around the world – where going barefoot is a daily reality. Funds raised from Bare Your Sole 2016, will go towards Project HomeWorks-related initiatives slated for 2017. Project HomeWorks, Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local home-cleaning programme, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, having begun as an initiative to improve the living conditions of Singapore’s elderly, disabled and low income families and individuals. By mobilising volunteers to take part in an intense home cleaning process that would improve the beneficiaries’ quality of life, Project HomeWorks has helped clean over 1,800 homes in the past decade.
The Singapore government estimates that there are around 42,000 vulnerable elderly currently residing in the country. This number is set to double to 83,000 by 2030, signalling a need for efforts in the form of funds and resources.
“In the past decade, we have seen several people come forward to selflessly lend their time and support to our cause. As we celebrate the tenth year of Project HomeWorks, and Bare Your Sole’s eighth year in the city, we want to express our gratitude to all our supporters for making this day possible.” said Mr Yong Teck Meng, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “As we set about on the road ahead of us, we look forward to your continued efforts in touching the lives of people in need and building a stronger community by providing every one with a decent place to live.”
This year’s event was graced by Mr Philip Ng, CEO, Far East Organization and Senior Advisor to Habitat for Humanity Singapore; Mr S. Dhanabalan, Chairman, Temasek Trust and Patron of Habitat for Humanity Singapore; as well as local celebrities and Goodwill Ambassadors, Anita Kapoor and Paul Foster. As an official event partner, Nuffnang Bloggerati Limaran Augustina, Yeoh Mong Chin, Valerie Lim and Kelvin Ang (Cheekiemonkies) also lent their support, both at the walk and through active social media campaigning.
The Bare Your Sole 2016 walkathon also hosted a variety of activities for families to relax post-walk. From a special performance by the elderly, to a refreshing gig by local singer-songwriter duo, Ciao Turtle and a host of arts and craft activities aimed at kids, crowds were treated to a morning of fun and entertainment. A special highlight this year included a uniquely designed mock-up of a one-room HDB flat for participants to experience the living conditions of a typical Project HomeWorks’ beneficiary.
About Habitat for Humanity Singapore
Habitat for Humanity Singapore is a Christian non-profit housing organisation, working for people of all backgrounds regardless of their race, language or religion. Since its inception in 2004, Habitat for Humanity Singapore seeks to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by working alongside homeowners to build simple, decent houses. Anchored by the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat Singapore has continually mobilised volunteers under its Global Village programme for building projects and disaster response all over the world, including China, India and Indonesia.Locally, Habitat Singapore started Project HomeWorks, a programme that seeks to improve the living conditions, safety and sanitation of the growing number of vulnerable elderly across the island. Habitat Singapore has mobilised thousands of volunteers to clean-up and furnish the homes of these elderly since 2006.