Walk a Mile re­turns to raise aware­ness

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Par­tic­i­pant Gerry Mancini and Sandy McFad­den of BCAVA are ready for Walk a MIle in Her Shoes com­ing up Wed­nes­day, May 18.

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