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Barefoot for a cause

Today, people across the world will be going “One Day Without Shoes.”
According to onedaywithoutshoes.com, “One Day Without Shoes is the day we spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child’s life. On April 8, we ask people to go the day, part of the day or even just a few minutes, barefoot, to experience a life without shoes first-hand, and inspire others at the same time.”
However, one does not have to participate in an organized event to observe One Day Without Shoes. Many VSU students plan to participate in their own ways on campus.
“I’m going to be barefoot a lot,” VSU freshman, Isaac Lamb, said. “I like the idea because it’ll give me a closer connection to the earth.”
A closer connection to the earth is exactly what keeps some students from going entirely barefoot.
“Two words,” says VSU freshman J.J. Jones. “Instant pneumonia.”
Other worries include walking barefoot inside eateries.
“I’ll probably [go barefoot] as much as possible,” Kate Fix, junior chemistry major, said. “But I’ll definitely be wearing shoes in Palms.”
The Georgia heat also plays a part in well-meaning students’ intentions: “I’ll do it inside, but I don’t want to do it outside and burn my feet,” Kortneigh Perryman, freshman biology major, said.
Some students, however, have no qualms about walking around campus shoeless.
“I’m not going to be wearing shoes all day,” Katelyn Zimmerman, junior General Studies major, said. “I’m planning on walking around campus barefoot. Campus is pretty clean.”
One student in particular shows an extreme commitment to the One Day Without Shoes event.
“I’ll definitely do it,” Brianna Correa, freshman English major, said. “I told ten of my friends about it, and we’ll be advertising it around campus and stealing other peoples’ shoes.”
This annual event takes place internationally with many local and regional events.
Valdosta events include a Walk-A-Thon at the Valdosta Middle School track at 110 Burton Avenue in Valdosta from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shoe donations for the Lowndes County Sherriff’s Boys’ Ranch will be accepted throughout the week at City Market at 101 N. Patterson Street in Valdosta and at Buffalo Wild Wings in the Valdosta Mall parking lot.

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