No mean feet walk this mile

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

AN en­thu­si­as­tic team from D’Or­sogna in Palmyra has nom­i­nated a team for the sec­ond an­nual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Perth on Sun­day.

Or­gan­ised by East Fre­man­tle res­i­dent Sandy Tay­lor, the event is the lo­cal ver­sion of an in­ter­na­tional men’s march to stop rape, sex­ual as­sault and gen­der vi­o­lence.

She said last year’s event, held at Burswood Park, at­tracted three teams but more than 10 were due to sign up to the 2015 march, with all funds raised do­nated to White Rib­bon Australia.

Ms Tay­lor said the event was based on the old say­ing ‘You can’t un­der­stand an­other per­son’s ex­pe­ri­ence un­til you’ve walked a mile in their shoes’, with men lit­er­ally slip­ping into high heels to walk for one mile to raise aware­ness and funds for sex­u­alised vi­o­lence, ed­u­ca­tion, pre­ven­tion and re­me­di­a­tion.

“It’s de­signed to be a fun event to raise aware­ness and money for a very se­ri­ous prob­lem. The event aims to high­light and bring to the fore­front the prob­lem of gen­der vi­o­lence against women world­wide,” she said.

D’Or­sogna Limited fi­nan­cial con­troller Roseanne Thomas said she learned of the event as a mem­ber of Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Fre­man­tle, af­ter Sandy spoke to them last year.

The Fre­man­tle Sorop­ti­mists will do­nate D’Or­sogna sausages for break­fast at the event, which will also be at­tended by 2014 par­tic­i­pants­mu­ni­ d437409 Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att and South Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club cap­tain Ryan Cook.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Sandy Tay­lor with D'Or­sogna em­ploy­ees who will walk a mile in their heels to raise aware­ness of vi­o­lence di­rected to­wards women.

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