The Barefoot Walk for Children

7 Jan

proj-hk-wv-barefoot-walk-2013Chinese New Year is a joyful season filled with family celebrations! In many parts of the world, however, tens of millions of unfortunate children are struggling daily on the streets, without a safe shelter. They receive no educational opportunity; their health and lives are severely threatened. Their new year’s wish is simple – they just want a better life!

Your love and action can bring hope to these street children! Join World Vision’s Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children on the seventh day of the Chinese New Year (16 February 2013) with your family or friends. Have a taste of poverty through barefoot walking, raise fund to help the street children in need! And there are two routes to enjoy this experience:

Route 1: Nine Golf Course Route
Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Details: Approximately 4km long and takes about 1.5 hours to finish. Participants are strongly encouraged to go barefoot to experience the lives of impoverished children. A carnival with meaningful stall games will follow.
Minimum fundraising amount:
– HK$400 for each individual
– HK$900 for each family
– HK$3,000 for each corporation
Quota: 1,600 participants

Route 2: Street Life Experiential Route
Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Details: After finishing the 1.5-hour Nine Golf Course Route, try our new Street Life Experiential Route, which takes about 2 hours to finish the designated tasks.
Minimum amount to be raised:
– HK$600 for each individual
– HK$1,600 for each family
– HK$5,000 for each corporation
Quota: 300 participants

Date: 16 February 2013

Location: Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

Application Deadline: 25 January 2013

For more information and to register for the event, please visit their website

worldvision1About the charity: While on a trip to China in 1947, a young American reporter, Dr Bob Pierce, met Tena Hoelkedoer, a female missionary in Xiamen. She arranged for him to talk to some children there. On the last day, she brought with her a poor girl named Baiyu (meaning white jade). After hearing Pierce’s words, Baiyu told her father that she wanted to go to school. However, she was scolded, beaten and thrown out of her family. Pierce wanted to help this precious soul, so he gave Ms Tena all that he had which was just five dollars. Ms Tena used it to buy food and clothes for Baiyu and send her to school. She asked Pierce to send the same amount each month after returning home so that she could continue to look after Baiyu.

This encounter marked the turning point in Pierce’s life. In 1950, he founded World Vision, with the aim of helping poverty-stricken children around the world. That five dollars set the prototype of the child sponsorship programme. The first child sponsorship programme began a few years later in response to the needs of hundreds of thousands of orphans at the end of the Korean War in 1953. It was later extended to other Asian countries, and places such as Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Today, monthly contributions from child sponsors enable World Vision to provide impoverished children and their communities with access to clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and economic opportunities, enabling them to become self-reliant. World Vision is a living tribute to Pierce’s work.

In 1962, Typhoon Wanda hit Hong Kong severely. World Vision distributed relief supplies in Hong Kong, and later set up its first field office in the territory. With the economic recovery in Hong Kong, World Vision Hong Kong turned itself into a fundraising office in 1982, supporting the relief and development work of World Vision offices world-wide. In 2010, the people of Hong Kong sponsored over 200,000 children living in poverty, helping to fund World Vision Hong Kong’s international long-term ‘Area Development Programmes’. World Vision Hong Kong also promotes public education, raising public awareness about global issues such as poverty, hunger, health and child rights.

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