The phrase “walk like a man” will carry a whole new meaning this month when a bunch of brave men trudge a mile along South Loop 256 — in women's high heels.
Their efforts, part of the fourth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, are intended to raise awareness on the problem of domestic violence and to end violence against women, locally and beyond. The event will benefit the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties.
The walk will take place twice, once in Jacksonville — happening Saturday — and here in Palestine, creating a flashy procession on Saturday, April 26.
Something new this year, in addition to individuals, the event will allow teams to participate with the theme “Team Up Against Abuse,” according to Crisis Center Community Educator Brandon Greene.
“This is the first year to do teams,” Greene said, such as “part of a business or a church organization.”
“If they want to grab a few guys and organize a team to come out, we are asking the teams that they come and dress the same or wear face paint or something that identifies them as a team.”
Greene, who organized the event with Director of Development Roger Pharr, added that participants often acquire sponsorships in order to raise money for the cause. For instance, Greene said he was working on wrapping up his own sponsorship goals.
“I'm actually getting people to sponsor me online at 25 cents per step,” he said. “It's 1,800 steps roughly to make a mile, and at 25 cents a piece, I can raise $450 for the cause. Right now (as of Thursday) I am only 800 steps away.”
Last year, the Crisis Center raised a combined total of $25,000 from both Anderson and Cherokee counties, with respective events in Palestine and Jacksonville. Greene said the two counties compete to see who can bring in the most money. Last year, Palestine brought in about $13,000.