By Ashley Stevens Contributing Writer
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Share this article Published: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Every ‘90s girl’s dreams come true this past Friday.
Hanson, the indie-pop band of brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac, came to
But it wasn’t to make the many Hanson-loving girls swoon; it was
to walk a mile, barefoot, around the campus.
Take the Walk is a fundraising and awareness campaign for TOMS shoes,
a company founded to give one pair of shoes away to a child in need
for every pair bought.
The campaign also raises awareness and support for fighting HIV/AIDS
and bringing care to those in Africa who have the diseases.
The Hanson brothers visited Africa twice in the past two years, and
witnessing firsthand the effects AIDS has on the country.
“Seeing a grandmother who had lost all of her children, her brother,
and her brother’s wife to HIV/AIDS and who was taking care of
11 children by herself was the moment I realized I had to do something,”
said Isaac Hanson.
He recalled the beauty of the people he met there and the many who have
died to AIDS, the numbers reaching the tens of millions.
“The need is in healthcare, education, clean water, and in AIDS
treatment and research,” said Hanson.
TOMS shoes is providing the shoes to reach these goals.
Hanson is reaching out to communities everywhere, to Take the Walk.
For every mile walked, the band is donating $1 towards supporting the
care and cure for AIDS.
Those who walk sign a card deciding where they want their dollar to
go, according to those needs Isaac stated. This puts the power into
the people’s hands, he said.
Baseball teams, church youth groups, colleges and many other groups
have gathered together to Take the Walk.
“We need to realize our capacity, and the profound difference
it makes in the world,” said Hanson.
The people who walk and support the cause aren’t the millionaires
of the world; they’re everyday folks who want to see a change,
“These people are not the average,” said Hanson. “They
are the exceptional.”
Hanson showed their hope for Africa in their new song “Great Divide,”
performed at Tulane Friday.
The band isn’t asking for much, just the good hearts of people
to care about the people of Africa, he said.
Making a change doesn’t require that everyone go to Africa, he
“The walk is a symbol of action,” said Hanson.