Walking a mile in her shoes might be an uncomfortable fit, but it’s all in aid of a good cause.
Organized by the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, the event ‘Walk a Mile In her Shoes’ literally asks participants to walk a mile in women’s shoes to show solidarity with women and to help stop violence against women.
“The event is about building a strong community support to help families move forward with hope and opportunity. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about. 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,” says Heather Croft, the shelter’s community development officer.
The Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20 at Heritage Park, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal is to raise $35,000, with all the funds going to the shelter’s school program where healthy relationships and conflict resolution are discussed. Unless there is intervention, 75 per cent of children who witness abuse will become abusive themselves, says Croft.
“Our in-school program intervenes and provides information and education as well as access and knowledge of support available in this community. This proactive and volunteer driven program aims to eradicate violence in our community.”
Prizes are available for teams and individual raising the most funds, the youngest team, and “most spirited and ‘dude looks like a lady’ or best dressed.” Live entertainment is planned, while Ozz from Rock 95 and Dale from KOOL FM will MC the Walk.
Pledge forms are available here. For more information, call 705-792-2188, check out the Walk’s Facebook page with pictures from last year, and 2013 event updates. Pledge forms are available here.
• Watch the 2012 promotional video