Ever walk out to get your mail in bare feet…and then wince with pain all the way back? Now imagine walking from the tip of Florida to the border of Canada…barefoot! That’s what a loyal Soles4Souls supporter is doing this summer.
20-year-old Dash Alsup left his shoes at home for the second time in two years to walk thousands of miles barefoot to raise awareness for the 300 million children worldwide who do not own shoes. Soles4Souls is launching the ‘One Walk,’ which has Dash beginning in Homestead, FL on May 15 and will continue north along Route 1 until he reaches New Brunswick, Canada in September. The total trek will be 1,860 miles barefoot.
Alsup walked across the US once before for Soles4Souls in 2008 beginning in Seattle, Washington and ending in Jacksonville, Florida. Alsup will walk on average 18 miles per day and sleep in a pup tent at night. Soles4Souls will also host shoe distributions in several cities Alsup will be walking through in support of his efforts. The general public can get involved and walk with Dash by donating $1 per mile they would like to join him.
Allan and I will meet up with Dash and his walking buddy, Tim along their route. Last Tuesday, they joined us for a distribution at Florida Family Services. Kids from group homes and foster homes got new shoes and also got to meet Dash.