Sole Hope will host a barefoot dance and walk-a-thon to raise money to assist children in Uganda. This weekend both events will be held at the Firehouse Coffee Shop on Hardy Street and will be used to raise awareness about the need to help African children.
On Friday, a dance will be held. From 7 until 9 p.m. and guests will be treated to music and dancing while learning about Sole Hope. “It’s $1 donation to participate. It will also give information about the African need for shoes,” Sole Hope member Ashley Redburn explained.
A walk-a-thon will be held on Saturday beginning at the Firehouse Coffee Shop at 1 p.m. Pledges can be made for the two-mile walk to raise money. “People can pledge for the kids per mile or with a flat out donation,” Redburn said. The money will be used for materials to help Ugandan children get shoes and medical care.
A shoe-making party is also scheduled for Friday, March 21 from 7 until 9 p.m. Bond Brother, Beer Brothers, and Gabe Morton will perform live music throughout the event. Participants will set up a table and will be making shoe uppers, which then get sent to Africa where they will be completed.
Sole Hope has been a growing program over the past few years, assisting children who have gotten jiggers, which eat into the soles of their feet. Getting shoes for Ugandan children has been the mission of Sole Hope and it is done with the help of local residents.
“It has bee growing really good. We are employing 35 Ugandans and we recently opened an outreach house where children from small villages can come and stay while they get treated,” Redburn said. All are encouraged to visit one of the upcoming events to learn more about Sole Hope and the outreach program or by visiting www.solehope.org.