Walk A Mile
Check out those heels! Although the sight of Linden and Kyle in red stilettos was all it took to grab your attention, the reason for wearing them runs far deeper than a good chuckle. The guys were outfitted in some shiny reds as allies to vulnerable women and children who are victims of violence in our city. Given that "Saskatchewan has the highest rate of intimate partner violence among the provinces in Canada" this is a cause worth some wide-spread recognition. Sometimes it takes a little bit of the right attention to make us aware of just what's happening in our city and how we can work together to make a difference.
Enter the YWCA's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign.
The ethos for this event is, one, to bring awareness to the violence that women and children experience. In fact, "360,000 children witness domestic violence in Canada each year." As the broader community of Regina, this event is an opportunity to be reminded of the vulnerable among us who need a voice and who need help - and to respond accordingly! Secondly, this pledge-based walk will generate much needed funds to aid the YWCA in their work.
Despite the efforts and incredible work of the YWCA to support vulnerable women and children, "[e]very year over 2000 women and children fleeing violence are unable to access YWCA emergency shelters due to lack of space and resources."
But this is exactly where YOU can make a difference!
On September 14, Regina will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of someone else (perhaps quite literally for those brave enough to walk in a pair of red high heels) and "walk a mile" (technically, 0.75km) to raise funds for the work of the YWCA.
"Over 50% of Canadian women have experienced abuse or sexual violence", which means we all know someone has been affected by it. You can join the YWCA on September 14 by walking, donating, or both!
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes... you never know when you'll need someone to walk a mile in yours. And don't forget to make them red!!
11 a.m. - Registration, noon - walk, 12:30 p.m. - lunch
More info can be found at www.walkamileregina.com or by contacting Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-525-2141.
(Quotes in ilalics from the www.walkamileregina.com homepage and statistics collected by the YWCA.)