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)

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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)

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