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2011-04-19 08:00
Gardens by the Bay East to stage 2.5/4km Barefoot Walk on 18 June in support of Habitat for Humanity

SINGAPORE, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Habitat for Humanity and Barclays, event owner and title sponsor respectively, announced today that Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2011 will take place on Saturday, 18 June at Gardens by the Bay East, Tanjong Rhu.

The venue will offer a picturesque setting for the walk which will take place over 2.5 and 4 kilometre distances. Building on the success of previous years’ events, the organisers hope to attract more than 5,000 pairs of bare feet for the 9.00am start.

Participants in the barefoot walk will help raise funds for local and overseas beneficiaries. The event will also assist in raising awareness for Habitat for Humanity projects that build homes and fight poverty for the less fortunate.

“Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2011 is shaping up as a fantastic event and we’re looking forward to seeing a large number of people put their bare feet behind such a worthwhile cause on 18 June,” said Yong Teck Meng, National Director, Habitat for Humanity Singapore.

“Not only does the event help to raise the profile of Habitat for Humanity Singapore but the funds raised allow our volunteers to continue their wonderful work in helping the less fortunate both in Singapore and across the Asia Pacific region,” he added.

As well as special projects here in Singapore, Habitat for Humanity Singapore volunteers have carried out work in places such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam amongst others.

Barclays has agreed to support the event again in 2011 as title sponsor. This is a further extension of their global partnership with Habitat for Humanity and builds on three years of productive relationship between the firm and the charity.

“Barclays has been involved with Habitat for Humanity on a global scale since 2008 and we’re delighted to continue this unique partnership through the 2011 Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole charity walk,” said Suan Kiat Quek, Country Manager for Barclays in Singapore.

“A number of our employees have taken part in Habitat for Humanity projects around the region and they have all been truly rewarding experiences. This year’s Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole walk will certainly be no different and we look forward to a great turn-out for the barefoot walk both from within Barclays, from the many other organisations which have already signed up in support and from the public at-large.”

Online registration for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2011 opens today on, alongside all other necessary information on Habitat for Humanity Singapore and the event itself on 18 June.

The event website also allows participants to raise their own additional funds through the platform, while a number of charity auction items will go live on the site in coming weeks.

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit Christian housing organisation with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses. We build for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.

About Barclays

Barclays in a major global financial services provider engaged in retail and corporate banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services, with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 144,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for over 48 million customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website

Barclays Community Investment

Barclays is a socially responsible organization which is actively involved in providing both financial and volunteering support to a large number of charities. Investment in our communities is an integral part of Barclays Responsible Banking Strategy. In 2010, Barclays spent GBP55.3m on our community investment programme through three strategic themes: Banking on Brighter Futures, Looking after Local Communities and Charity Begins at Work. More than 62,000 employees participated in fundraising, volunteering or giving across 37 different countries. We believe it is important to give back to the communities in which we operate, helping those that are disadvantaged achieve their goals. Through donations and by leveraging the skills and expertise of Barclays colleagues, we hope to make a real and positive impact. We feel this is part of our responsibility as a good corporate citizen, as an employer, and as a firm that believes in initiative and partnership.

For more information, please contact:

Ben Burrowes
Mobile: +65-8111-9311

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity; Barclays

Written by asiafreshnews

April 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

Posted in Business & Finance

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