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TWU Leadership Institute hosts “One Day Without Shoes” April 6

3/29/10


DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Leadership Institute will present “One Day Without Shoes” Tuesday, April 6, to highlight the serious physical problems associated with children in developing countries who grow up going barefoot.

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on the TWU Denton campus and is sponsored by TOMS Shoes, a company that gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need with every new shoe purchase.

Activities include “Style Your Sole 2.0” — where participants can decorate a new pair of TOMS shoes or revitalize an old pair— which takes place from noon to 3 p.m. in room 207 of the TWU Student Union. To receive a discount from TOMS, use the promotion code “CAMPUSTWU” at www.tomshoes.com.

The Denton band Darcy also will perform during a Sock Hop from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hubbard Oval.

Information also will be distributed about the TOMS One for One™ movement and how the TWU and Denton communities can be involved.

“As a member of the TWU Leadership Institute, I feel that it is important to encourage my fellow TWU students to learn more about this issue and what they can do to make a difference,” said A. Archana, a senior fashion design major and the TWU TOMS representative.

The global “One Day Without Shoes,” where those who wish to are encouraged to go barefoot, is April 8.

For more information, visit http://www.twu.edu/li/events.asp or call (940) 898-3209.

According to the TOMS website, many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores, or going to school, these children are at risk:
• A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet.
• Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
• Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
• Many times children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

Media Contact:

Amanda Simpson
Director of Media Relations
940-898-3456
asimpson1@twu.edu

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