Dozens of people travel to Barrie to ‘walk a mile in his shoes’ to support victims of domestic violence

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The sun was shining in Barrie as dozens of people of all genders showed up, put on their high heels and marched to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event returned to Barrie today. Locally, the global event benefits the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie and is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

“Every dollar raised through this event is reinvested in supporting our women and children,” said Teresa Maclennan, Executive Director of Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie. “Women and children come to our shelter with nothing. They come with maybe a garbage bag containing something or maybe nothing.”

This was the 13th year the event had taken place and approximately 100 walkers participated. The idea of ​​wearing high heels or other women’s shoes is a symbolic way for people to show their support and deepen their understanding of the challenges faced by women experiencing domestic violence.

“We have men and women going out and kids putting on shoes because you can’t know what it’s like as a woman who’s been abused until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes,” says Maclennan. “And that’s the point of putting the shoe on, going that mile, and getting a tiny little taste of what it’s like to be a woman.”

In 13 years, the walk has never reached its annual goal of $50,000. This year, Maclennan says they’ve not only hit it, but early counts show they’ve surpassed it with just over $60,000 raised so far.

“When they walk the walk, that mile, they walk with and for the survivors,” Maclennan says. “So it is essential to raise awareness to end the problem of violence against women.”

The organization receives limited government funding. Donations for the walk will be accepted until September 30. For more information, click here.

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