Many of Singapore’s elderly, people with disabilities, and people with low income live alone in one- or two-room rental flats and are without regular domestic help. Unable to thoroughly clean their homes, the resulting clutter leaves them vulnerable to a number of safety and health issues such as fire or tripping hazards as well as unhygienic living conditions.
In Singapore, the number of people aged 65 and above who live by themselves has nearly tripled from 14,500 in 2000 to 42,100 in 2014. The elderly currently make up about a third of all one-person households. The number of elderly people living alone is expected to increase to 83,000 by 2030.
As such, Project HomeWorks was initiated by Habitat for Humanity Singapore to improve the living conditions of these beneficiaries to make their homes safer and cleaner. Habitat for Humanity Singapore mobilises volunteers to do a one-time intense cleaning which may includes the removal of pests and replacement of broken furniture and bedding. This results in their improved living conditions and quality of life.
Since its inception in 2006, Project HomeWorks has benefitted over 1,600 vulnerable households with the help of more than 8,000 volunteers. More details on this programme can be found on the Project HomeWorks webpage.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the belief that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, we have been working alongside families and individuals of limited means, from all over Singapore and Asia-Pacific, to increase access to improved homes since 2004. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.sg
COUNTDOWN TO EVENT DAY
A BAREFOOT FUN TIME FOR ALL
It’s time to kick off your shoes and join us for a walk to remember!
Come join Singapore’s only charity barefoot walk with people of all ages and from all walks of life for either 2.5 km or 5 km on a lovely Saturday morning. Bare Your Sole offers Singaporeans and visitors a unique and tangible taste of what it’s like to walk in the shoes, or lack thereof, of the poor, marginalised communities that Habitat for Humanity Singapore serves in Asia-Pacific.
When you return from the walk, be treated to a host of fun activities for the whole family while learning more about the work that Habitat for Humanity Singapore does, both locally and abroad! You can also stand a chance to win attractive Lucky Draw prizes for a small donation of $2 per ticket!
All proceeds will go towards helping Habitat for Humanity Singapore reach its target of $400,000! With your help, Habitat for Humanity Singapore can expand its reach to ensure that more elderly and people with disabilities in Singapore have a safe and healthy place to call home. Sign up today!
Terms and Conditions
- Prices shown above are in Singapore Dollars (SGD).
- All prices stated here are NOT INCLUSIVE of the 3% Admin Fee charged by LIV3LY per participant.
- You can purchase Lucky Draw tickets (priced at $2 each) during registration. You will be able to collect your lucky draw ticket together with your event pack and t-shirt on the Event Pack Collection date. All proceeds will go towards helping us meet our target of $400,000.
- Both the 2.5 km and 5 km walking routes are non-competitive events.
OCBC Square Map
Take a step for a good cause. Come walk with us!
Bare Your Sole 2015
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Bare Your Sole 2012
Scroll to see how you have helped us grow over the years!
“I feel that I too have become more sympathetic towards the elderly. I now have a better understanding as to where they are coming from and I’ve also become more patient with my own parents.”
— Adeline Khoo, regular HomeWorks volunteer
Thanks to the donations raised by past editions of Bare Your Sole, we have been able to touch the lives of many of our elderly through Project HomeWorks.
“I have a long-term issue with my leg and it hurts when I move it. I didn’t see a doctor to address this due to the expensive medical fees. I’m very happy to have received help from Project HomeWorks and I think it is a very good initiative as there are some hard-to-reach areas that I’m not able to clean.”
— Quah Tee, 84, HomeWorks beneficiary
By participating in Bare Your Sole, we are able to reach out to more elderly beneficiaries like Quah Tee!
“Before joining Project HomeWorks, I had no idea what goes on behind the closed doors of many of these elderly. It was only when I got to step into their house that I began to realise their side of the story. It’s so rewarding to see them smile after a long day of cleaning; it makes all the effort worth it. That’s one of the key reasons why I keep coming back to do more.”
— Inez Oh, regular HomeWorks volunteer
Together, we can help more volunteers and elderly gain from the true meaning behind Project HomeWorks!
“I heard about Habitat for Humanity through the partnership that has been formed over the past few years with Barclays. As a father and grandfather, I’m a great believer in doing everything you can to give children the best start in life. This includes providing a home, shelter and a place to grow.”
— Paul Hopkins, volunteer, former Barclays employee who raised $100,000 for Bare Your Sole 2012 by walking 100km
Come participate in Bare Your Sole to help us improve the living conditions of our beneficiaries by making their homes cleaner and safer.
“Bare Your Sole is a great way to raise awareness of poverty in the region through getting people to experience one aspect of poverty, walking barefoot as many do on a daily basis in developing countries, thus putting themselves at risk of harm. It reiterates the importance of Habitat’s work to eliminate poverty housing.”
— Deepesh Lad, Bare Your Sole supporter
Get your feet dirty for a good cause! By walking in the shoes, or lack thereof, of the people who Habitat for Humanity Singapore serves, you too can support the work that we do in Project HomeWorks.
“I suffered from a stroke one year ago and I’m not able to move my left hand. I’m taking medication daily and face difficult sleeping. I’m very happy to have received help through Project HomeWorks and it’s very nice to be able to sleep better again.”
— Ramsamy, 62, HomeWorks beneficiary
Help us reach more Project HomeWorks beneficiaries who struggle with physical disabilities like Ramsamy today!
“The number of old people aged 65 and above who live by themselves has nearly tripled over the last 15 years to 42,100 in 2014, up from 14,500 in 2000.”
— The Straits Times, 17 August 2015, source: “Number of seniors aged 65 and above who live by themselves has tripled since 2000“
There are still many more homes to be helped! By signing up for this year’s Bare Your Sole, we can expand our ongoing Project HomeWorks operations to help provide a safer and more hygienic home for more beneficiaries.
What is Bare Your Sole about?
Bare Your Sole (BYS) is Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s annual barefoot charity walk which seeks to raise funds for their local programme, Project HomeWorks.
When is the event?
Date: 10 September 2016, Saturday
Time: 7.30am – 12.00pm
Where is the event?
OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub
(click here for location map)
What time is the flag off?
Flag-off will start at 8.00am
Is there a place where I can deposit my belongings before the walk?
No. All participants are required to carry their own belongings during the walk.
What should I bring to the event?
We recommend that you bring your own bottled water, adequate cash, sunglasses, sunblock, mosquito repellent, personal medication (if applicable).
Can I skate or cycle?
Any form of wheel-run objects of transport e.g. in-line skates, shoes with rollers, bicycles etc are not allowed on the whole course. Support vehicles or pacers are not allowed.
Can I bring my baby pram or stroller?
As it is a barefoot walk, we discourage bringing baby prams or strollers so as to avoid causing injuries to other participants. However if you need to bring a baby pram or stroller, please be mindful of fellow participants in your path.
Can I bring my pet dog?
Out of respect for all religions, we highly discourage participants to bring their pet dogs for the walk.
What will happen in the event of bad weather?
In the event of bad weather, the walk shall be delayed. However, should the bad weather persist, The Organisers reserve the right to cancel the walk without any fee refund.
What do I do if I get injured or feel unwell during the walk?
If you are injured or feeling unwell, please alert any marshals along the route for assistance. There will also be first aid paramedics stationed along the walk who will attend to you shortly.
Are there prizes to be won?
There will be Lucky Draw that you can participate in for just $2 per ticket and stand to win attractive prizes on the event day!
What are the event routes?
Is the route cleaned prior to the walk?
Yes the route is cleaned on the morning of the walk, so exposure to debris is minimised. However, there are some stretches of the route that may be challenging to some, so please feel free to wear your shoes for those parts of your walk.
How can I register for Bare Your Sole 2016?
I am having issues with my registration. Who do I contact?
When does the registration close?
Registration will be close on 8 September, 2016 at 2359 hrs.
On-site registration may still be available at the event pack collection and on the event day subjected to availability of registration slots.
How much are the registration fees?
Below are the registration fees for each category:
Normal 08.09.2016 / 2359hrs
|Adult (age 22 to 64 as of 2016)
Adults can bring two children under the age of 7 for free.
|Student (age 7 to 21 as of 2016)||$35|
|NSF (age 17 to 24 as of 2016)||$35|
|Senior Citizen (age 65 and above as of 2016)||$35|
|Family of 4||$140|
For group and corporate rates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All participant donations will help defray the costs of running the event and the remainder will go to help Habitat for Humanity in fulfilling its mission.
Is there a corporate or group registration rate?
Yes, please contact email@example.com for corporate and group rates.
Will I receive a refund on my registration fees if I withdraw from the walk?
No. Once registration is duly processed, no refunds will be given should the participant decide to not take part for whatever reason.
Is the registration transferable?
No, unfortunately not.
How will I know if my entry is successful?
You will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Am I still able to register on the day itself to take part in the event?
Depending on the availability of the registration slots, you may be able to register at the event site on the event day to register and walk. The registration counter will be open at the event site from 7.00am to 8.00am. Prior to the event, on-site registration will also be available during the event pack collection.
What should I do with my confirmation slip?
Please bring along a soft or hard copy of your confirmation slip to the Event Pack Collection in order to receive your event pack and t-shirt.
What are the sizes of the Bare Your Sole participant t-shirt?
Can I exchange my t-shirt size if it is wrong?
You can email email@example.com before August 12, 2016 to request for a size change. However this change is subject to the availability of your preferred size at the point of your request. Organisers will do their best to cater to your stated size. However actual size provided may vary based on availability.
Event Pack Collection
When and where is the Event Pack Collection?
The Event Pack Collection will take place from September 2 to 3 (Fri to Sat) at from 11am to 9pm at Square 2 (closest MRT: Novena).
Are there any alternative dates to collect my event pack?
No. Please collect your packs on the stipulated dates. Alternatively, you can assign a representative to do so on your behalf. Please see below on how to do this.
What do I need to bring on collection day?
Please bring the confirmation slip which was emailed to you upon successful registration for verification purposes. For those signing up under the student/NSF category, please also bring along your student/NSF ID.
I deleted my confirmation slip accidentally. How can I get another copy?
Please log in to your unique LIV3LY registration and download the confirmation slip from there. Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a new confirmation slip to be sent to your email.
Can I authorize someone to collect the event pack on my behalf?
Yes, your representative must bring a hard copy of your confirmation slip (containing your unique registration ID and barcode) to collect on your behalf.