Walk a mile in her shoes: step in right direction for Crisis Centre

Men taking to the streets in heels to support causes is not as unfamiliar a sight as you'd imagine.

In keeping with the adage of walking a mile in someone’s shoes to know what their life is like, Cayman’s males are asked to take a firm stand against domestic, sexual and gender violence this month by walking in sling-backs, kitten heels, or stilettos.

Those interested in raising money for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre can now sign up to the Walk in Her Shoes event on Feb. 18. at 5:30 p.m. The race, for individuals and teams, will involve making five laps of Market Street, Camana Bay.

Having signed up, participants need to solicit sponsors among family, friends and work colleagues, some of whom (it is hoped) will turn up to cheer on their guy in man-heels.

All proceeds will directly benefit the Crisis Centre. Registration on the day is at 5 p.m. on Market Street and is priced at $20.

Participants are encouraged to secure sponsorships from anywhere between $1 per lap and $1,000 to take part. The course distance is five laps, and for every $100 a participant raises, he gets to reduce his walk by one lap.

There will be prizes for the most sponsors, the highest sponsorship, and more.
First of many

Organized by the Crisis Centre’s Fundraising Committee, this will be the first time the event has been staged locally and expectations are high.

Participants gear up for "Walk a mile in HER shoes" elsewhere in the world.
Participants gear up for “Walk a mile in HER shoes” elsewhere in the world.

According to Ania Milanaowska, the Crisis Centre’s executive director, “With an annual budget of over $650,000, we receive a $300,000 grant from the Cayman Islands government. However, to raise the outstanding $350,000 we rely heavily on sponsorship from corporations as well as private donors. Our fantastic fundraising committee is working tirelessly to make sure that the remaining funds are raised during different events throughout the year just to cover our operational costs.

“Walk in Her Shoes is an event which not only raises much needed funds and awareness, but also – and extremely importantly – directly involves men. Domestic violence affects us all and only together we can achieve our ultimate goal, which is to eradicate it from our community. It is simply wonderful to see the interest in this event and involvement from men.”

Y’know, he’s carrying those off very well.

This year, the Miss Cayman Islands pageant made the Crisis Centre its platform charity, and several of the contestants have offered to be at the Walk in Her Shoes event to teach participants the art of walking in heels.

Various prizes are waiting for participants, ranging from one for the Most Sponsorship money raised, to The Best Walk and The Best Shoes. There will also be raffle prizes for members of the crowd.

According to fundraising committee member and member of the board of directors, Janette Goodman, “It is easy to write a check or participate in a walk or run. It is much harder for men to put on women’s shoes and walk a distance in public and feel something a woman may feel every day. Men can never truly know how it feels to be a woman, but for 30 minutes, they can try by putting on a pair of strappy sandals or high heels and stroll down Market Street.”

This short walk is Cayman’s version of the internationally acclaimed Walk a Mile in Her Shoes initiatives that take place globally.

To take part, register online for $10 at Cayman Active by visiting here.

For further details, visit here or call Michelle at 925-6347.

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