Walk your way ‘Barefoot’ into the Guinness Book of RecordsTM

If you are stuck for something to do on Easter Tuesday, why not walk your way into the record books…….. barefoot!

More than 3000 people are expected to converge on the Stormont Estate on Tuesday 10 April at 12.30pm to take part in the ‘World’s Largest Barefoot Walk’ World Record attempt.

To be able to claim you hold a Guinness World RecordTM, you just have to be prepared to expose all ten pinkies and walk one kilometre which for most people will take less than 15 minutes.

The organisers are urging as many people as possible to attend the walk in an attempt to break the world record which was set in India in 2010 by 2500 people, who walked a kilometre in bare feet.

John Kee, director of Summer Madness, who is leading the attempt explained, “All those who take part will be asked to remove their footwear and walk along a path which has been pre-swept to remove any sharp stones and pieces of debris. Millions of people don’t have the luxury of owning a pair of shoes much less have a clear path to travel and as a consequence suffer from disease and soil transmitted infections. By making this token gesture we aim to raise awareness of those who are too poor to even own a pair of shoes.

“There are a number of charities involved including Stand By Me, Tearfund, Fields of Life, Girls’ Brigade, Big House Ireland, Damaris Trust, 3 Rock Youth. We are building on a ‘One day without shoes’ initiative by TOMS, who donate a pair of shoes to those in need for every pair they sell. They have kindly donated a number of pairs to help our efforts and we will be giving these away to lucky participants on the day.

“There will be a £1 registration fee but ample free carparking will be available within the estate.”

Anyone wishing to take part should register for the walk online at www.wear-it-out.co.uk or arrive from 11.30am to sign-up on the day.

John added, “More information is available online at our website or on our facebook page www.facebook.com/barefootwalkbelfast. We would be very grateful if anyone interested could like and share our page to help us spread the word and encourage as many people to take part as possible.

“By breaking this record, we hope to show Northern Ireland to be world’s best in championing the needs of others, which is especially fitting as 2012 is our year to shine!”