By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Aug. 25, 2012
The Howe Sound Women’s Centre will host the fourth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Squamish on September 15 and September 23 in Whistler.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is about engaging the men of our community to walk in support of putting a stop to gender violence.
“We invite the men of the Sea to Sky to strap on some stilettos and Walk the Talk!” said Sheila Allen, the executive director of the women’s centre.
As a fundraiser, all monies raised will go towards the Howe Sound Women’s Centre’s programs. Despite the seriousness of the topic, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fun family event.
Men are encouraged to gather pledges and bring awareness about the event as they prepare for the big day in which they will march approximately one mile in women’s high heel shoes. Friends and family are encouraged to march as well, in support of the well heeled participants.
The prizes and refreshments will be served after the march.
“I encourage all Squamish men to unite in the fight to stop violence against women. Let’s show Whistler which town wears the shoes in this corridor,” Allen said.
In 2012 the Banff Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event had over 100 walkers and made over $40,000!
Allen said she would like to enncourage men to have fun forming teams and challenging others from your place of work, your family or your friends!
“We also ask that the walker dress as they normally would (no women’s clothing please) and strongly encourage uniforms, work gear etc,” she added.
To register please contact the Howe Sound Women’s Centre’s office at 38021 3rd Ave, Squamish. 604 892-5748. For more information on this event or to arrange an interview with our Acting Executive Director, please contact our Office Administrator Theresa Beech at HSWC 604 892-5748 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What started out in 2001 as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.