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Posted: May 12, 2014

Calling all MEN to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The 2013 Walk in Cranbrook's Sam Steele Parade. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW
The 2013 Walk in Cranbrook’s Sam Steele Parade. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

Declare your non-violent values and raise some money for a great cause

Watch for the confident MEN wearing red high-heeled shoes during the Sam Steele Parade on June 21. Give them a cheer and encourage their efforts as they will be taking part in Cranbrook’s third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

WalkMile“Last year Kenny Bridge helped raise a lot of money for the good cause of keeping the doors of the women’s centre open,” said Karen Chastain, with the Friends of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre. “But, he was not the only one.  Twenty-five men raised money to help keep the doors open. It was an honour working with such compassionate men.”

The men will walk the 1.2 kilometre Sam Steele Parade route in men’s-sized high-heeled shoes provided by the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event organizers.

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes started in 2001 in California, and has spread to many communities across the North America. Proceeds from every walk must go to a community organization that works to reduce violence against women.

WalkMileShThe Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, under the auspices of Community Connections of Southeast BC, is just such an organization.

“This is a fundraiser for the centre,” Chastain said. “Our goal is to sign up as many men to walk the mile, and to inspire those men to stand up against violence against women, collect pledges and enjoy themselves on parade day.

The Friends are now approaching businesses, organizations and individuals to sign up walkers.

Register online here

To request a pledge package and find out more, call Melanie at 250-432-5854.

The Friends of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre is a standing committee of the Community Connections Society of Southeast BC. The Friends work year-round to raise funds to keep the doors of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre open.

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