Walk a mile in her shoes, literally

Well-heeled fundraiser for Barrie Women & Children’s Shelter puts best foot forward at Heritage Park

Barrie and area residents are being invited to Walk a Mile In Her Shoes, a fundraiser for the Women & Children’s Shelter. The walk is planned for Sunday, Oct. 16 at Heritage Park, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Walk a Mile literally asks men, women and children to walk a mile in women’s shoes. The event is about building a strong community support to help families move forward with hope and opportunity,” says Heather Croft, the shelter’s community development coordinator.
The event will feature live entertainment, edibles and children’s entertainment. An emcee with a burr will host the event, Simon the Scottish guy. Participants will literally don women’s footwear, including heels, for the event.
Organizers promise to have a wide selection of shoes, of all sizes. Walkers can also bring their own. Some of last year’s male participants purchased pre-worn shoes, “but most of the men participating took advantage of the bandaids for heels and massage therapists for their feet and calves afterwards.”
At last year’s walk 80 walkers participated with 250 people attending the event. This year the goal is more than 1,000 attendees with the fundraising target being $35,000. Funds raised will be used in the agency’s school program which deals with healthy relationships and conflict resolution.
“We do have prizes for top fundraising individual and team, most spirited and ‘dude looks like a lady’ or best dressed,” says Croft. “By focusing on the positive aspect of a community coming together around this topic, the Walk strives to empower individuals to take a stand against gendered violence.”
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjJxAKva4Ho&feature=share • Download pledge forms here.
• Follow the shelter on Facebook.
• The 2011 promotional video at right is posted on YouTube, as is this video on the 2010 event.

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