WOMEN & CHILDREN'S SHELTER OF BARRIE
This year marks our 7th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event raising funds to help the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will take place this year on Sept. 17 at Heritage Park in Barrie. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and the walk starts at 12 p.m. New this year we are offering a shoe decorating station.
“We recognize heels aren’t everyone’s thing, and want everyone to participate, we are asking men, women and children to join us. Stilettos or pumps, flip flops, flats or sling backs or decorate your own comfy shoes - walk a mile style at our new Shoe Decoration Station. All that matters is that you come with your game face on ready to strut your stuff for the women in your life. It’s a family event and lots of fun for an important cause,” said Lisa Spinks-Smith, Development Manager.
The event has a goal of raising $30,000 this year to help abused women and their children in Barrie. Last year event organizers were just shy of $30,000.
“Violence against women continues to be an epidemic in our community and in fact throughout the world. Barrie City Police respond to over 100 domestic violence calls every month. Our agency continues to operate at full capacity as we strive to meet the needs of women and their children in our community who are dealing with intimate partner abuse and violence,” said Lynda Muir, Executive Director.
Please support your sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, mothers, cousins, friends, granddaughters and grandmothers by walking a mile in her shoes. More information and pledge forms available at www.barrieshelter.com.
Register online to walk, by Sept. 16 and you will be entered into a draw to win a Night on the Town in Barrie, with gift certificates from the Farmhouse, Swirleez and Cineplex Galaxy.
The Top Fundraiser at the event will win a Napoleon BBQ and there are lots of other great prizes donated by local Barrie business to be won too!
Be a part of the movement to create a safer community, free from domestic violence and abuse!
History of Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
Frank Baird created Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® in 2001. What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.
"You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about this difficult topic, abuse.
Put yourself in her shoes. First you walk the walk. Then you talk the talk. Not just a woman’s issue.
About the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie
The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has been providing shelter and support services to abused women and their children since 1981. The agency consists of a 27 bed shelter location and an off-site outreach office.
Partial funding for the agency comes from the Ministry of Community & Social Services, with the balance generated through fundraising events and donations from the community. For more information please visit: www.barrieshelter.com.