Appeal for large-sized women’s shoes for charity walk
AN unusual request has been made – for donations of women’s shoes in size eight or bigger.
Every year a charity walk for men takes place called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
It sees men don women’s shoes – even high heels – to show their support to the White Ribbon campaign.
The charity campaigns against violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
The Cardiff event is in its fourth year and this year it will take place on Friday, October 20, starting at Cardiff Castle.
Cardiff council and Cadwyn Housing Association have teamed up to find shoes to make sure this year’s is the biggest yet.
They need shoes from individuals, or from a footwear retailer who can donate shoes in bulk.
Every year, more than one million women suffer domestic abuse in the UK and more than 360,000 are sexually assaulted.
Chris O’Meara, Cadwyn’s chief executive, said: “This event started with 14 men who worked for Cadwyn, walking down Newport Road in high heels and carrying a banner of support.
“It’s fantastic to see how it’s growing. We are very keen to continue supporting this campaign.”
Cabinet member Susan Elsmore said: “The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is one of Cardiff’s key events to promote our city’s commitment to the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women.
“As a local authority we aim to raise awareness of violence against women, challenge attitudes and engage men in discussing these issues.
“Although there is an element of fun surrounding the event, the message is very clear. Indeed, the walk itself demonstrates a public and visible commitment that those taking part will not condone violence against women in any form.
“If anyone does have any women’s footwear of any sort in size eight and above – not just high heels – please kindly donate them so that we can get as many men involved this year as we possibly can.”
Fellow cabinet member Caro Wild said: “Cardiff is proud to have been awarded White Ribbon status in 2014, acknowledging the significant commitment and work that our staff do to end violence against women.
“This campaign aims to encourage a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence against women and as an ambassador I encourage people to wear the White Ribbon and pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
“The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event has grown from strength to strength over the last four years and I am hopeful that this year we will see even more men join in and support this integral campaign.”
Shoes can be dropped off at all 12 council-run hubs, Wilcox House on Dunleavy Drive, County Hall and Cadwyn’s head office at 197 Newport Road.
To register, you can walkinhershoes.wales visit www.