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.