10 Things You Should Know About The 2016 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

This year's Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event takes place Friday, May 27th. Below are some changes and other important info you need to know this year about this great event for a great cause...

1. Everybody now!

This spring, YWCA celebrates its 125th year in Peterborough(!). In honour of this milestone, everyone—people of all ages, genders and abilities—are invited to participate in Trent Valley Honda Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Friday, May 27th. Merrett Home Hardware is challenging 125+ women to join the hundreds of men who walk—a first for Peterborough.

2. Get Walking, Start a Team or Sponsor a friend!

Get Registered!
Do you know someone who’s walking? Support them with a pledge!

3. What happens to the money that’s raised?

The goal is to raise $125,000 this year—money which will be invested locally to help women and children fleeing abuse. Last year, funds raised through events like Walk a Mile in Her Shoes helped the YWCA provide:

-> 8,000 safe nights of sleep to women and children escaping violence
-> 24 hour crisis line support for nearly 4,000 calls
-> shelter, counselling and youth programs for approximately 1,100 women and girls.

4. Get connected!

For all things Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, visit walkamilepeterborough.com. Or, follow @WalkAMilePtbo on Twitter and "Like" Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Facebook.

5. What’s with the shoes?

Wearing red high heels is a symbol of empathy—an opportunity to reflect on what it might be like to live with abuse. But what’s most important is for everyone to take part: get involved, talk openly about violence against women with friends and family, and raise money in support of women and children fleeing violence! Participants who can’t wear heels are still welcome to take part—any colour or style of shoe will do.

6. Early Bird Special! 

Register before May 1st and you could win Blue Jays tickets!

7. Youth leading the way!

This year, three local high schools—Holy Cross, Crestwood and Kenner Collegiate—are hosting their own Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to give students and staff the opportunity to participate. Youth in our community never cease to amaze. Way to go! For details, visit the Calendar of Events.

8. What else is coming up?

Participants are invited to drop in at The Venue (286 George St N) between 7:30 am and 9:30 am on Wednesday, May 11th for the Networking & Shoe-Fitting Breakfast. This includes:

-> Picking up heels
-> Enjoying a continental breakfast
-> Having team/individual photos take
-> Meeting and connecting with fellow walkers

**This year’s Networking & Shoe-Fitting Breakfast is sponsored by RJ Brown Insurance and hosted by The Venue (KEGI).

9. Stay Safe

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse and needs help, call the YWCA, day or night, at 1-800-461-7656.

10. There’s more!

Close the night out following Walk a Mile in Her Shoes with a special event hosted by Market Hall on Friday, May 27th. This all-female music showcase features some of the best female local artists, including Celeste Terry, Melissa Payne, Mary Kate Edwards, Missy Knott, Chelsey Bennett and Kate Suhr. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 pm. Purchase your tickets now!

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