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Over a thousand went barefoot to help South Sudanese children in need

The 11th annual Spring Charity Barefoot Walk for Children, organised by World Vision Hong Kong (WVHK) in association with The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club, was held on 24 February. Over a thousand participants joined Event Ambassador Tsui Wing and daughter Kerry, TV presenter and cooking instructor Hilda Leung and family, as well as child TV presenters Alvin and Conan, in walking barefoot for 4km in the picturesque golf course to raise funds for South Sudanese children and families in need. The funds raised will support World Vision’s integrated health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in South Sudan to assist suffering children and families.

Kevin Chiu, CEO of WVHK, said during the event, “South Sudan broke into civil war in 2013. The war, coupled with extreme weather, has taken its toll on people’s livelihoods and agricultural production, as up to 6 million people across the country face food shortage.” He called on the public to continue to show concern for South Sudanese children and families affected by conflict.

Before the Walk, the guests led the participants in a fun warm-up session. Accompanied by the African Drums lively music, children and adults alike followed the steps of the dancers in laughter. Besides, there were workshops and exhibitions to challenge participants to build a makeshift tent with simple materials and experience fetching water and planting, so as to experience lives of children and families affected by conflict. Corporate and group participants, on the other hand, were given an opportunity to imagine being among the displaced and feel their plight through Capture a Moment in South Sudan, this year’s special session.

Event Ambassador Tsui Wing, participating for the second consecutive year with his family, hopes that by taking part in the Walk and other charity events, his children will understand their responsibilities towards society, learn to cherish what they have and help others in need when they grow up.

Published on 24 Feb 2018

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