Are you up for an unusual challenge? Why not go barefoot to support people suffering from leprosy – all it takes is one day.
This summer, Leprosy Mission is encouraging people across the UK to take off their shoes and stand in solidarity alongside leprosy sufferers worldwide. By doing a sponsored shoeless day, those taking part will help to reach 4000 ultra-poor people affected by leprosy and disability.
Whether you are jumping on the bus, walking the dog or taking the tube, do it all barefoot and collect donations from your friends and family. The numb feet of those with leprosy can be easily damaged, resulting in severe infections which can lead to terrible disabilities. Our biggest worries are grazing our feet or people standing on our toes – surely we can handle one day without shoes.
Leprosy Mission is an international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care to leprosy patients. Its aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy. Leprosy is a disease of poverty, so as well as providing healthcare, the charity offers rehabilitation, education, vocational training, small business loans, housing and fresh water supplies and sanitation to tens of thousands of people each year.
All donations DOUBLED by UK government
If you lose the shoes for a day and gather donations, the UK government will double all donations received up to the 31st August 2015. By getting involved and taking on this one small challenge, you could make a big difference to someone’s life.
How to get involved
- Choose a day to go barefoot – make sure it’s before August 31st
- Get creative and decorate your feet, maybe use the hashtag #FeetFirst
- Set up an online donation page
- Be social – make a video or take pictures on the day and share them on social media
- Tell people why you are taking the challenge
- Have fun!
Sign up NOW
To register for the Barefoot Challenge and help those affected by leprosy worldwide, you should register here. You can also keep up to date with the Leprosy Mission and its work on Facebook and Twitter.