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Big steps and small to raise $300k for the elderly

The Straits Times | Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014

15-month-old Emily Tan walking barefoot with her mother, Mrs Esther Tan at the Bare Your Sole 2014 event which saw 5,000 participants walk (either 2.5km or 5km) barefoot to help raise close to S$300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty. Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local programme Project HomeWorks, an initiative designed to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and the physically-challenged living in one-room flats across Singapore. The event was held at Gardens by the Bay.

Close to 5,000 people walked along Gardens by the Bay yesterday morning to raise funds for needy old people.

The 45-minute group walk was organised by non-profit group Habitat for Humanity. Participants raised $300,000 for Project HomeWorks, which funds volunteers who do clean-up work and paint jobs for old folk living in one-room rental flats.

Among the contingent were actor Paul Foster, travel host Anita Kapoor and former Nominated MP Eunice Olsen, and more than 50 foreign workers from the Philippines, India and Myanmar.


This article was first published on July 13, 2014.
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