Men don high heels for char­ity mile

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MEN from around Perth risked blis­ters and bruises as they slid on a pair of high heels for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event this month.

The event, which raised funds for White Rib­bon Aus­tralia and the cam­paign to stop vi­o­lence against women, had 200 peo­ple walk­ing around El­iz­a­beth Quay and rais­ing more than $26,000 for the cause.

Event or­gan­iser and Fre­man­tle res­i­dent Sandy Tay­lor said the day was a lot of fun with a se­ri­ous un­der­tone.

“Our guest speaker John Pintabona, a 20year po­lice­man and White Rib­bon am­bas­sador, wore his police is­sued shoes as they have walked through the blood, tears and dis­tress of many fam­ily vi­o­lence sit­u­a­tions,” he said.

“By the time he gets to a scene, it is al­ready too late.

“He urged the walk­ers as they were go­ing through the pain of wear­ing the heels for a mile, and who could take them off at the end of the walk, to think of the women who ex­pe­ri­ence pain, in­jury and trauma, some for many years.”

To do­nate or bid on items, visit www. walka­mileperth.com.au.

Walk a Mile in her Shoes was a big suc­cess.

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