Trainee medics go barefoot for a good cause

2015-05-21 15:25
Students go bare foot for a good cause. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Students go bare foot for a good cause. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - A group of paramedic students from Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University stripped off their boots and spent a day barefoot to highlight the plight of pupils without shoes.

Their bare feet join thousands of others in a social movement advanced by US shoe manufacturer TOMS, which plans to donate shoes to children in need around the world.

According to its website, TOMS will donate a pair of shoes for every picture of a pair of bare feet posted on Instagram with the #withoutshoes hashtag.

Student Maryke van Zyl said: “We feel it's important to make that difference wherever we can.

“However, as students and with such a demanding course, we don't always have the time and resources required for a lot of projects,” she said.

Van Zyl said they decided to do away with their safety boots for an entire day, completing physical training and attending lectures barefoot.

“This is a fun and simple way for us to raise awareness and, hopefully, make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children wherever they may be.

“It's humbling to walk in someone else's shoes, or rather the lack thereof."

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  charity

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.