'American Idol' goes for a walk to help Rwandans

CONWAY, AR (AP) - "American Idol" winner Kris Allen kicked off his shoes and went for a walk at his alma mater to help raise awareness of a program aimed at helping people who don't have shoes in Rwanda.

Allen led a group of University of Central Arkansas students on a Barefoot Walk across the campus on Thursday, then performed before speaking about his recent trip to Rwanda and his support of Bridge2Rwanda and the TOMS shoes program.

Bridge2Rwanda volunteer Clay Parker says the walk was organized to highlight the plight of Rwandans who don't have shoes and their susceptibility to Podoconiosis, a disease of the feet caused by toxins in volcanic soil.

Parker says his group is supporting the TOMS shoes program, which donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair that is purchased.

Information from: Log Cabin Democrat, http://www.thecabin.net

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