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Register to Walk a Mile 2017

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Walk: Sam Steele Days Parade on June 17, 2017.

This event asks men to walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes.

It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: Gender relations and sexual violence.

1) Register online

Click here to register!

2) Collect pledges from your friends, family and colleagues on the
Walk a Mile Pledge Form 2017

To collect pledges, try asking people: “How much would you pay to see me walk a mile in high-heeled shoes—during a big parade?”

3) Shoe Fitting and Pledge Collection :: Thursday, June 15, 5 – 7 pm.

At the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, in the Community Connections Building, 209A 16th Avenue N. Cranbrook, BC.

Pick out and try out your high-heeled shoes and hand in all pledges.

4) Walk on parade day.

Check in by 9:30 am at the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, in the Community Connections Building, 209A 16th Avenue N. Cranbrook, BC. (Very near the official staging area of the Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club)

Our parade spot is A17. Look for the big red shoe!

If you do not have your shoes yet, please show up by 9:15.

Then hit the streets and strut your stuff. At the end of the walk, we’ll collect the high-heeled shoes and issue your official Walk a Mile® wallet card.

5) Support the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre by participating.

6) Earn fun prizes by collecting the most pledges in your category!
• Group
• Individual

Challenge other individuals, groups, businesses to see who can raise the most.

Share more info with your ‘man pals’ :: Walk a Mile Introduction Sheet 2017

 

Email: friendsofthecwrc (at) gmail (dot) com
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Walk a Mile 2016

It’s that time of year again; time to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and support the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre by collecting pledges from your friends, family and colleagues.

We’re here to encourage male allies to take those tentative, courageous steps in high-heeled stilettos during the 2016 Sam Steele parade. In years past, the crowd has been supportive with cheering and applause because it’s no small feat (pardon the pun) for men to stand up against rape and sexual violence against women.

Male allies, we salute you!

The Sam Steele Days Grand Parade is on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

View the parade route here.

Walkers raise $18,000

The Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre will receive just over $18,000, thanks to the fundraising efforts of 40 men who ‘walked a mile in her shoes’ during the Sam Steele Days USW present cheque to Friends smParade. The men collected pledges from friends, family and businesses to put on uncomfortable high-heeled shoes and strut their stuff along the whole 1.2 mile parade route.

“Everyone is thrilled with the results both in terms of dollars raised and number of men who walked,” said Melanie Gould, event coordinator with the Friends of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre.

“These guys showed real dedication and we appreciate what they accomplished, both in terms of raising awareness and in raising funds.”

“What an amazing event for a great cause,” said Alex Hanson, walker and president of the United Steelworkers’ Union 9346. The USW donated $3,000. “Special thanks to the Steelworkers Humanity Fund for donating $6,000 total for both Cranbrook and Fernie women’s resource centres, and to Mel and the rest of the Friends volunteers for their fundraising efforts.”

This year the award for most funds raised by an individual went to Jared Johnson. The team award went to East Kootenay Community Credit Union, whose 10-man team raised nearly $5,500.

“As fun as the Walk A Mile is to do every year,” Hanson said, “Steelworkers look forward to the day when there is no more violence against women.”

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes started in 2001 in California, and has spread to many communities across North America. Proceeds from every walk must go to a community organization that works to reduce violence against women. The Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, under the auspices of Community Connections of Southeast BC, is just such an organization.

To donate online, visit www.FriendsoftheWomensCentre.com.

Calling all men to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Break out the blister cream:
High-heeled walk-a-thon comes to Cranbrook

Registration is closed for the 2012 Walk a Mile.

Cranbrook, B.C.: You’re going to see something new during this year’s Sam Steele Days Parade: A group of men wearing bright red, high-heeled shoes walking to raise money for the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre.

The men will be taking part in Cranbrook’s first-ever Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

“We sometimes forget the valuable contributions men are making to stop violence against women,” said Roberta Rodgers, with the Friends of the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre. “This gives them the opportunity to declare where they stand about gender violence.”

And stand they will—and hobble, strut and walk—in men’s-sized shoes provided especially for the occasion, down the 1.2-mile Sam Steele Days parade route on June 16.

“We special-order the shoes before the walk,” Rodgers said. “The heels aren’t ridiculously high, but they’re high enough that walking in them is challenge for most people, men or women.”

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes started in 2001, and has spread to many communities. Groups must pre-register to hold an event, and all proceeds must go to a community organization that works to reduce violence against women.

The Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre, under the auspices of Community Connections of Southeast BC, is just such an organization.

“This is a fundraiser for the centre,” Rodgers said. “Our goal is to sign up as many men to walk the mile, and to inspire those men to form teams, collect pledges and enjoy themselves on parade day.

“After they complete the parade, they’ll receive a card acknowledging that they did, indeed, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.”

The Friends will be approaching businesses and organizations over the next few weeks seeking walkers.

“We’re starting to contact men we know are interested in walking this week,” Rodgers said. “And we’re looking for some sort of vehicle so that men will be able to take a few breaks if their blisters get too big.”

Keeping in the spirit of Sam Steele Days, the group is seeking horse-drawn conveyance first—“It doesn’t have to be a big carriage,” Rodgers says.

“If anyone has a carriage and horses—or even a bicycle rickshaw—and would like to get involved, we urge them to contact us as soon as possible,” Rodgers said. “We are putting the event together right now so there is still time for us to make our part of the parade fun, evocative and low-impact.”

To request a pledge package, call Roberta at 250-489-0174.
To volunteer, to offer your low-impact transport, or to find out more, call Karen at 250-426-8588.

As for men who might be shy about walking in heels or collecting pledges, Rodgers said the pledge package and a surprise coach will give them some helpful hints about both.

“Ask your friends how much they would pay to see you walk in heels,” she said. “How can they resist pledging when you put it like that?”

The Vagina Monologues

One Night ONLY
Friday, March 30, 2012
Key City Theatre
Tickets at the Key City Theatre Box Office

Cast list
Tanya Laing-Gahr
Susan Hanson
Melanie Gould
Danielle Nicholson
Jennifer Pierre
Roberta Rodgers
Kimberley Davidson
Stephanie Best
Michelle McCue
Valerie Harris
Dana Osiowy
Lisa Aasebo
Andrea Grossman
Bonnie Harvey
Alexa Laing-Moore

Keep the Doors Open Campaign




Here’s how to help keep the doors open…

Donate to cover the costs of keeping the centre open for

One Day ($137),

One Week ($1,154)

or One Month ($4,616).

We appreciate your one-time donation, and ask you to consider making a yearly commitment to the women in our community who access the resource centre. Your donations are tax deductible. Please make your cheque out to “Community Connections Society of Southeast BC” with “Keep the Doors Open Campaign” in the Note section. Thank you for your compassion and your help. It makes a meaningful difference.

Mail your donation to:

Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre

Keep the Doors Open Campaign

c/o Community Connections Society of Southeast BC

100 – 125 – 10th Avenue South

Cranbrook, BC  V1C 2N1

Keep the Doors Open Brochure