Saturday, September 29, 2012

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

 ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event will be held at the Collingwood Farmer’s Market and the route will cover 3 blocks of Hurontario Street that facilitates the high profile, public experience we hope to create in Collingwood.
Last year, over 300 communities across the country held ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ events and tens of thousands of men put on high heeled shoes as a symbolic gesture to walk in solidarity with women. This visually riveting community event is a great opportunity for your organization to show support for the men who are taking a stand against violence. It is also a great way to let the community know you care about women’s issues and are willing to take a stand against violence.
This spectacular event will be emceed by Matt MacLean of 95.1 The Peak.  This is the 12th year for the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence and My Friend’s House is proud to be bringing this event to Southern Georgian Bay.

Walk a Mile 2012 and…

Put yourself in her shoes. "You can't really understand another person's experiences until you've walked a mile in other people’s shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it is fun and it gets our community talking about something that's really difficult to talk about. Click here to see a short video: YouTube  go to to register, pledge or support the event!
We recognize you as leaders in the Southern Georgian Bay Community and we would like your involvement as Participants, Supporters or Sponsors for ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ for My Friend's House.
Together we can make a difference; not only for the success of ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ but also for the abused women and children My Friend’s House serves.
‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ is an event benefitting My Friend's House, which for 20 years, has been providing safe refuge and support to abused women and their children in Southern Georgian Bay. 
Walk a Mile brings men together to take a stand against violence against women.
All the funds raised from this Collingwood event will go towards covering My Friend’s House operational costs of providing safe refuge and support to abused women and their children in both the shelter and to women in our community, who are living with abuse and violence.

How you can help!

Sponsorship – Position your business with ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event. The Southern Georgian Bay area is highly engaged in community, fitness, healthcare, education, arts, culture and theatre.  It is an exceptional location for this dynamic, high profile, international march event.  There are sponsorships available at all levels of commitment. To find out more, please call 705 444-2586 Ext. 221 or email

Walk – FIRST YOU WALK THE WALK and THEN YOU TALK THE TALK! Walk to get the dialogue started that domestic violence is not only a woman’s problem. Walk for the women in your life – your wife, mother, sister, daughters, coworkers and employees. Walk to send the message that it is a basic human right to live without fear of violence yet it exists within our homes on a regular basis and that it is not okay! Encourage the men in your life to join the walk. You or the men in your life can register online at or call 705 444-2586 Ext. 221.

Prizes – donate a prize to be presented to one of the ‘Walk’participants upon completion of the walk or provide take aways for each participant. Help us show appreciation for the men in our community man enough to “strut their stuff” to get the dialogue started.

Pledge A Participant – offer to make a pledge for your favourite walker and encourage/challenge others to do the same.

Volunteer – to make an event such as this successful, it takes many hands working together. If you are available to help out prior to or on the day of the event, please call 705 444-2586 Ext. 221 or email  

JOIN US TO CHEER ON THE MEN IN OUR LIVES WHO ARE WILLING TO WALK THE WALK!                                                

Thank you for your support.       

This is a copy of the publication sent out for the charity My Friends House. Please come out and support your community as we try to end violence against women.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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