Join the walk and get that heel­ing feel­ing

Canning Times - - RESIDENTIAL - D473123

HARCOURTS WA is invit­ing the pub­lic to join its fourth na­tional Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event on Fri­day, Au­gust 31.

The an­nual walk, or­gan­ised by the Harcourts Foun­da­tion, sup­ports White Rib­bon Australia’s work to end men’s vi­o­lence against women, with all funds raised go­ing to the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion’s “Break­ing the Si­lence” pri­mary preven­tion ini­tia­tives in pri­mary and sec­ondary schools.

Harcourts WA Foun­da­tion am­bas­sador Adri­enne Musca said while vi­o­lence was ex­pe­ri­enced by both men and women, most do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims in Australia were women, the vi­o­lence was most likely to be per­pe­trated by a man and, on av­er­age, one woman was killed ev­ery week in Australia be­cause of in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence.

“Vi­o­lence against women is never a pri­vate is­sue,” she said.

“We are hold­ing this event to help break the si­lence around vi­o­lence, to raise aware­ness of the is­sue as well as funds to sup­port work to bring vi­o­lence against women to an end.”

Each year more than 600 sup­port­ers across Australia have walked a mile in women’s heels to sup­port the cause.

Over $400,000 has been raised for White Rib­bon Australia so far and the Harcourts Foun­da­tion is hop­ing to reach a mile­stone $500,000 this year.

The WA event will be held from 11am at Vic­to­ria Gar­dens in East Perth, with the walk com­menc­ing at 11.30am. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to wear women’s heels.

To reg­is­ter or make a do­na­tion, visit­ amileintheir­shoes.

If you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vi­o­lence or sus­pect some­one else is, call 1800 RE­SPECT for ad­vice.

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