The Barefoot Walk is an event that raises money and awareness for people around the world who do not have access to basic needs, like shoes. The Barefoot Walk provides an experience that aims to educate young people about social injustices and empower them to become active local and global citizens in their communities.
Who are we?
We are the London Youth Social Justice Committee, a group of passionate young people that strive to make a difference in our local and global community. The London Youth Social Justice Committee was established in 2013 with members of the South Social Justice Committee, a high school group that originally founded The Barefoot Walk, and other students from various London Ontario high schools. Now, the committee has grown to include members from multiple Ontario cities in high school, university and the adult community. We are a group of passionate individuals working to make a difference in the world through supporting local and international causes. We do what we do because we want to have an impact on the lives of others. We believe that one moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world!
What is The Barefoot Walk?
The Barefoot Walk was created based on a question; they say to understand someone you have to walk a mile in their shoes, but what if they don’t have any? The Barefoot Walk is an event where participants will hear from motivational speakers, visit educational booths and walk barefoot in solidarity with people around the world who do not have access to basic needs, like shoes. This event started at London South Collegiate Institute, a London Ontario high school, and has grown to include thousands of people from London and surrounding areas each year. From 2008 to 2014, The Barefoot Walk has raised over $150 000 for both local and global charities. This money has gone towards building schools, supporting water and alternative income projects, and providing funding to local charities in London Ontario. The Barefoot Walk has also had over 50 Elementary and Secondary schools participate in the event, which has increased the community’s awareness of social injustices in the world.