One Day Without Shoes Planned April 5 at SWOSU
Don’t be surprised to see a lot of people without shoes on Tuesday, April 5, on the SWOSU campus in Weatherford.
That’s the day SWOSU students and employees are participating in a state-recognized holiday “One Day Without Shoes” that invites people to go a day without shoes to bring awareness to children in developing countries who must walk for miles without shoes to attend school or seek clean water or medical help.
“This is an opportunity to experience what millions go through every day by just a simple gesture,” said SWOSU Collegiate Activities Board Director Cody Sims. “Enjoy a day in your bare feet and share information about those less privileged than we are.”
CAB is partnering with Toms Shoes to make the day happen. Toms Shoes began the “One for One” campaign in 2006. Each time a pair of Toms shoes is purchased, an additional pair is donated to a child in need. Locally, Nabors Shoe Store in Weatherford is participating in the campaign.
SWOSU student Mallory Hazel has taken steps to raise local awareness about Toms and the “One Day Without Shoes” campaign by starting a Toms Campus Club. Toms Campus Clubs are located on college and high school campuses all over the United States. Mallory received the approval from Toms to start a campus club at SWOSU.
“We will work with CAB to get the club going next month,” Hazel said. “We will be setting up booths and hanging flyers, posters and fact sheets all over town and campus.”
Oklahoma state senators Andrew Rice and Steve Russell led the way to declare “One Day Without Shoes” as a state-recognized holiday, while SWOSU President Randy Beutler declared April 5 as SWOSU’s day to recognize the campaign.