Press Release

1,600 participated in annual barefoot walkathon and raised $1 million to support South Sudanese refugees

World Vision Hong Kong held the 10th annual Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children on 4 February in association with the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. The event attracted over 1,600 participants and raised nearly $1 million to support South Sudanese families and children.

Actor Tsui Wing and his adorable daughter Kerry Tsui (包包), whose facebook page attracted more than 70,000 fans, kicked off the event together with the rest of the family.

World Vision Hong Kong Ministry Director Priscilla Cheung said in her opening speech, “South Sudan has been going through ruthless conflicts since 2013. Over 1 million people have fled to neighbouring countries and 1.6 million others are displaced inside South Sudan. More than half of those affected are children. We want to thank each and every one of you for making this event happen and supporting our work in South Sudan.”

All funds raised from the Walk this year will support suffering South Sudanese children and their families, including training caregivers to prepare nutritious meals for malnourished children, and building latrines in temporary settlement.

After the Walk, participants also learned more about the situation in refugee camps through exhibitions and interactive family workshops.

Since 2008, the Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children has raised over $8 million accumulatively to support World Vision’s work in food security and development in the world’s most needed places.

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