Walk a mile in her shoes 0
Sarah Adams, resource co-ordinator for the local YWCA, is hoping men in Haliburton County will stand tall against violence towards women by wearing red high heels in a fall fundraiser.
Sarah Adams wants to see the men of Haliburton County in high heels.
Adams, resource development co-ordinator for the Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton YWCA, spoke to Minden Hills councillors during their Aug. 9 committee-of-the-whole meeting seeking their support for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a special event that will take place at Minden’s Riverwalk on Oct. 20.
The event, which has become popular in larger communities, has men “stand tall” against violence towards women by collecting pledges and walking a mile – in red high heels.
“The event tends to grow because they get their friends to walk with them,” said Adams, who is hoping to get the county’s police officers, firefighters, politicians and municipal staffers involved.
New township chief administrative officer Nancy Wright-Laking previously worked for the City of Peterborough, where she saw the event take place.
“It’s incredibly powerful to see these men in high heels,” Wright-Laking said, encouraging township employees to get involved.
Adams said one township staffer had already committed and Councillor Larry Clarke wanted to know if anybody had told County Warden Murray Fearrey yet.
The event will require some brief road closures and traffic management.
All proceeds will stay in the community, being used to fund the Haliburton Emergency Rural Safe Space.
Last year the local centre received 500 calls.