'Get your #footsie out for the street' this Barefoot Friday
Street Child Africa is urging people to get their feet out for the street this Friday 20th of June.
The global ‘Get your feet out for the street’ campaign was launched by charity Street Child Africa. It aims to raise funds for the 100,000 children living and working on the streets in the cities of six countries across Africa.
People are being urged to go barefoot and tweet, or post on Facebook, a #footsie (a picture of their bare feet) for Barefoot Friday. The charity hopes to generate 100,000 footsies in recognition of the street children.
No shoes = no hope for the future
Being a street child sadly means being denied access to education, excluded from healthcare and having no safe parent to rely on. According to Street Child Africa, being barefoot is one of the main signs a child is living on the streets.
The #footsie campaign was launched to raise awareness of the plight of street children, and to raise money to help take children off the streets.
Every donation helps
Every donation helps a street child take their first steps to a safer future. Street Child Africa helps children take their first step towards a different life – whether this be talking to a trusted adult or visiting a drop-in centre to shower, wash their clothes and play.
Funds raised are used to provide counselling, educational support, helping them to break the cycle of poverty. The charity seeks to, where possible, reunite children with their families whilst supporting those who have no family to return to.
Best option for donors
Sheila Lutchanah, head of fundraising, said:We chose to use MyDonate as it is provided by a well recognised and trusted organisation. This helps people to feel confident about giving. It is also the best option for donors to give to Street Child Africa as BT do not charge us for this service so more money goes to support the children.”
Get tweeting! You can tweet your barefoot pictures to @StreetChildAfri with the #footsie hashtag.