Walk a Mile returns to raise awareness
Men in Drumheller are taking off their comfortable shoes to strap on red stilettos to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
The Big Country Anti-Violence Association (BCAVA) is hosting their fourth Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to raise awareness and funds for their efforts.
“The money raised goes to our association, and then we use it to fund projects. We also provide support to other organizations that are doing this kind of works, especially Communities Against Abuse in Stettler,” explains member of BCAVA Sandy McFadden.
“If the women’s shelter or Big Country Victim Services needed funds for example, we would work together with those groups.”
The walk is coming up on Wednesday, May 18. It sets out from the parking lot of the Drumheller Co-op and finishes up at Freson Bros. Along this route, men will don bright red stilettos and hobble their way along the course. At the end is a barbecue and prizes.
While onlookers will find it entertaining to see Drumheller men attempt what many women do on a daily basis, at its heart is raising awareness of gender violence. As Gerry Mancini, who is participating this year, explains it is about what happens after the shoes come off and the conversations begins.
So far, organizers have a dedicated crew of walkers ready to clop down the road, but they could always use more.
“We are still taking registrations,” said McFadden, adding that they also would appreciate items for door prizes.
Participant Gerry Mancini and Sandy McFadden of BCAVA are ready for Walk a MIle in Her Shoes coming up Wednesday, May 18.