Ap­peal for large-sized women’s shoes for char­ity walk

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.

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