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Walking in HER shoes for good

June 14, 2018   ·   0 Comments

Written By JASEN OBERMEYER

Family Transition Place (FTP) and the MENtors group will be hosting their fourth annual Walk in HER Shoes event this Saturday (June 16) to continue to raise funds and awareness on domestic violence against women.

Since its launch in 2015, the Walk in HER Shoes event has raised over $15,000 for FTP. This year’s goal is $10,000. The money raised will go towards community and youth education.

“The idea is to raised eyebrows, awareness, and funds for Family Transition Place,” says Stacey Tarrant, FTP’s manager of development and community relations.

Last year’s efforts raised over $6,500.

From 10 a.m. to noon, participants will start at Town Hall, and then make the trek along Broadway to get a feel of being in a lady’s shoes. There will be three stops along the way at Black Wolf Smokehouse, H&R Block and Royal Bank of Canada where a representative from MENtors, FTP, and a survivor of women’s abuse will speak.

Ms. Tarrant says for this year’s event, they encourage men to bring “whatever shoes they may” that a woman uses, from flip-flops, sandals, running shoes, and moccasins, to the well-known pink high heels.

Minister Carl Lipke of the Message Christian Church is doing his own take on the event. He is challenging 15 men and boys to participate, and if the number is reached, he will do the Sunday mass the following day in pink high heels.

“The church should be standing against domestic violence,” he told the Citizen. “We’re all equal.”

Ms. Tarrant says the event coincides just before Father’s Day as “Healthy relationships really begin at home,” and many men who are part of the planning committee have daughters, and feel passionate for education and ending violence.

MENtors is a subsidiary of FTP launched by men who are committed to helping end the cycle of violence against women, as well as building healthy relationships within the community.

“It’s so wonderful to see men take a stand and recognize that this just isn’t a women’s issue, that this is a community issue, and that we all need to be involved in ending the cycle of violence against women and girls,” Ms. Tarrant added.

Registration is $20, for children 12 and under it is free. To register for the event, visit familytransitionplace.ca/fundraisers/mentors-walk.

         

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