The St Charles Community College campus will be participating in the annual One Day Without Shoes event this month. This is a nation-wide event, sponsored by TOMS shoes, and is intended to raise awareness for children's health and education. We were challenged recently to find a quote to inspire a blog post, and the quote from Lyndon Johnson above seems to sum up this event for me.
Blake Mycoskie, is the owner of TOMS and the originator of this event. For every pair of TOMS purchased, the company provides one pair of shoes to a child in need. They currently provide shoes for children in over 60 countries. The shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. His concept of One-for-One came out of a trip in 2006 to Argentina. Mycoskie found that children in a village he visited had no shoes to protect their feet. The lack of shoes was also a barrier to education as they could not attend school without shoes. He started his giving plan and the TOMS company in 2006, followed in 2011 with TOMS Eyewear to help restore sight to poverty stricken, and this year started TOMS Roasting Company that will help provide clean water to developing countries. "Over the past seven years, we've seen one consistent need in almost everywhere we give: lack of clean drinking water," says Mycoskie.
Here is a video thanking participants in over 1000 events last year -
Join SCC this month to help continue to raise awareness of the severe effects of poverty around the world. Commit to one day, or even one class, without shoes as we host our own One Day Without Shoes event on campus. Activities will be taking place on campus on Tuesday, April 29, from 11am-2pm. Among other things, there will be a poster presentation by our SCC nursing students, a screening of TOMS videos, and a One Walk Without Shoes around campus at 2:30pm.
Come out and help raise awareness with us!