This Saturday, the gloves come off and the heels go on.
Over two dozen men will participate in the 5th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, benefiting the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties.
Crisis Center Community Educator Brandon Greene said they expect quite a colorful event.
“In addition to asking these guys from our community to walk a mile in 'her shoes' (high heels) to show their support for our community, we are also giving awards for best-blinged shoe, best overall outfit, most painful walk and most money raised,” Greene said. “It would be great to see lots of community members out there cheering us on and walking alongside us.”
The event is meant to show men supporting the right for women in our community to live free from abuse and free from crimes that target them because they are females.
“So many times, we think of family violence and sexual assault and a women’s issue,” Greene said. “That couldn’t be more wrong. It’s a men’s issue, since over 95 percent of crimes against women are committed by men. It’s time for us to step up.”
That's exactly what these men are planning to do Saturday at the Palestine Regional Medical Center. The hospital is hosting a breakfast for the walkers from 9 to 9:40 a.m. Following a short kick-off program, the walk will start at 10 a.m. and go from the PRMC parking lot down Loop 256 to the Palestine Mall parking lot.
As if walking in heels isn’t enough to ask of these gentlemen, immediately after the walk, a 100-yard dash in the heels will be held for those brave enough to venture. A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner of the race.
“We are just thankful to these guys who are walking for hitting up their friends to sponsor them in this effort,” Greene said. “Last year, the events in Palestine and Jacksonville raised over $26,000. This year we hope to exceed that.”
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is sponsored in part by ChickTime of Palestine, PRMC, Trimble & Company, Verizon, Heart to Heart Hospice and Ben E Keith Distribution.
The Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties is a 501c3 organization assisting victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. For more information, call 905-723-5858.