Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Javelinas to Spend a Day Without Shoes to Call Attention to Those Who Have None

KINGSVILLE - April 01, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

The student organization TOMS@TAMUK is planning to spend Thursday, April 8, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville without shoes and is encouraging the remainder of the university community to do the same. The group is part of a national campaign to call awareness to people around the world who do not have shoes. The day is sponsored by TOMS shoes, a company that donates a pair of shoes to needy children for every pair purchased.

“We are encouraging everyone to spend at least part of the day going without shoes,” said Genesis Urbina, a junior Spanish major, journalism minor from Sarita. The TOMS Shoes campus representative said those participating should wear shoes if they are required in places like food services and in lab settings.

In addition to spending the day without shoes, the campus community is encouraged to join in the TOMS@TAMUK Walk beginning at 5 p.m. April 8 on University Boulevard. Barefoot walking will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. There will be entertainment throughout the evening.

Michael Marshall, senior chemical engineering major from Corpus Christi and president of TOMS@TAMUK said, “One day without shoes is a nation and worldwide event in which people all over the world will be losing their shoes and putting on awareness. Nearly 40 percent of the world’s population is unable to afford or wear shoes. Many children have to walk miles each day barefoot in search of clean water, obtaining cuts and diseases along the way.

“Many schools have shoes in their uniforms, excluding shoeless children from an education. People in Ethiopia, adults and children included, are suffering from a disease known as podoconiosis which is contracted from walking barefoot on volcanic soil. This disease is 100 percent preventable by wearing shoes,” he said.

“Too many people in this world take for granted the luxuries that they have and going barefoot on this day will raise awareness for the unfortunate conditions that plague 40 percent of our world,” Marshall said.

For more information, call Urbina at 361-406-7600 or visit www.onedaywithouthshoes.com.

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