Sunwest Trust Employees Bare Their Feet to Bring Attention to the Lack of Shoes in the Developing World
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 14, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Here are a few facts you may not know about the lives of children in developing countries. The lack of shoes is the number one cause of hookworm in these countries. Hookworm causes stunted grown, decreased cognitive development, anemia and chronic fatigue. While many programs have poured money into these countries for building and supplying schools, many of the children that could attend the schools cannot attend; because of the health risks students must wear shoes in order to attend school. Many children in these countries do not possess a single a pair of shoes. When a community has enough shoes for all their children, school attendance rises 62%. “This is why Sunwest Trust participated in One Day Without Shoes,” says a company spokesperson.
Sponsored by Toms Shoes, the One Day Without Shoes is an event meant to inform and bring public awareness to those individuals who do not own one pair of shoes, and the problems caused in developing countries as a result. Toms Shoes provides a free pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair that is purchased from them. To participate and help spread awareness, Sunwest Trust employees collectively spent an entire day at work without shoes. In addition, many staff members completed their evening workout without shoes also. A company spokesperson notably added, “It was a small sacrifice as compared to what people, especially children around the world face everyday. We were honored to participate in bringing attention to this cause. I know for me and the others who participated it will likely leave an indelible imprint reminding us to be more grateful for the necessities of life here in America that we might otherwise just take for granted. We look forward to participating again in the future.”
You can view Sunwest Trust’s special video documenting the event here: www.youtube.com/watch?&v=xlHCgb__xFg.
The One Day Without Shoes website is available at www.onedaywithoutshoes.com.