Over 100 men rocket a stunning pair of ruby red heels raising 32,000 for the local woman’s shelter this past Saturday in Collingwood.
Kick starting the event with a live band, dancing and registration, the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event was a big hit, and certainly appealing to the eye with Santa Claus in heels as well. Pumps were provided in all sized and all proceeds from Saturday's event benefit the 600-plus women who use the services of "My Friend's House," a Georgian Bay-area women's shelter, the only of its kind in the region.
In 2001, Walk A Mile in Her Shoes started out as a small group of men daring to walk around a park in high heels. Since then, the event has grown to become a worldwide movement and a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediation’s to domestic violence.
Although only men registered for the event, women also play huge part. Women encourage the men in their lives to walk, help them reach their fundraising goal and cheer them on. My Friend's House needs $180,000 this year; it's that simple. A harsh truth to be sure but so is domestic violence.
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is about Co-creating a United Gender Movement, men will be a part of the solution to ending violence against women.
A big thanks goes out to all the participants. Fred Mills, a local photographer from the Creemore Echo, was top individual fundraiser who raised $2,400 alone! Way to go! Assisting the community has never been so easy or fun!
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At My Friend’s House you will find hope, safety, support and counselling. Without events such as this, My Friend’s House wouldn’t be. For more information about the shelter, visit – www.myfriendshouse.ca.
News provided by Century 21 Millennium.