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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

  • 2018 Choices for Change: Men For Change - Team Pledge winners

  • Neil Hemmingway 2018 Individual Walker Pledge winner

Each year the team or individual walker who raises the most money collectively walks away with bragging rights, and the Walk a Mile Trophy – who will it be this year?

Optimism Place is proud to kick off year 11 for one of the city’s most entertaining events, WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES®. Men are motivated each year to step up and register to participate, start fundraising or donate to address a serious issue that impacts too many families in our community – domestic abuse.

How about a county wide challenge? Talk to men in your community, encourage them to challenge other men and teams to recruit the most walkers and raise the most money. Have fun make the challenge worth while. Set the goal high. Remember the cause. Optimism Place will support you wherever we can.

On April 27th trade your regular footwear for a pair of red high heels and walk through Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre. This walk is for Men of all ages to bring awareness to these important issues and come together as a community to say enough is enough. Only together can we help women and their children walk away from family violence and abuse.”

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® presented by Optimism Place to encourage men to step up and help women and their children experiencing domestic abuse.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2019, entertainment from 11:30 to 12:30. Walk starts at 1pm

WHERE: Festival Market Place Shopping Centre, 1067 Ontario St, Stratford, ON N5A 6W6

All walkers receive a T-shirt. Top team individuals each win a gift bag.


Interested in supporting our event through sponsorship? Opportunities are listed below. We are open to discussing the customization of benefits to fit your corporate marketing objectives! Download our Sponsor Information Form here.

You can also ask companies you deal with through work to sponsor you. Ask businesses you frequent for a donation (doctor, dentist, dry cleaners, etc.). Check with your company’s human resource department to see if they offer matching gifts.

Register on line below:
We have on-line registration for walkers and teams. Once you sign up, each walker/team has their own person page so that pledges can be made to a specific walker or team. Prizes are awarded to the top walkers.

Walker Registration


Thank you for taking a stand against violence, and making the world a safer place! Your pledges help women and children by supporting programing and services at Optimism Place.

We couldn't do it without you!

Awareness and Resource Coordinator
Call: 519-271-5310 x 122 or


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