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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ®

  • 2016 Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® participants.

Let the 'Heeling' Begin!

Help Us Continue the Fight Against Abuse.

WHY WALK: 1 in every 4 women in Canada experiences abuse in their lifetime. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become a victim of abuse. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your co-worker or your daughter. Woman abuse does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their children, their friends, their co-workers and the community.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® provides opportunity to get people talking. The event promotes preventation and education to help men better understand and appreciate women's experiences thus changing perspectives. It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making our world a safer place.

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 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 and water bottle. Top walker, including an individual on a team, wins a VIA Rail Travel Voucher (more details to come). Top team individuals each win a gift bag.

NEW for individual walkers:
Individual walkers who collect/submit $1,000 by April 6th (for online pledges & cash/cheques) will have their name entered in a draw for 10 x $10 gift certificates (total value $100) for either Black Angus Restaurant or Black Angus Bakery and Catering. The winner will be drawn and announced April 21st, 2018.
Please bring the pledge sheet(s), cash/cheques, plus record of on-line donations, to Optimism Place. (270 Freeland Dr between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on April 6th). Before dropping off, please call Deb Henderson, Financial Manager, at (519) 271-5310 ext 23.

How can I get people to pledge?
The #1 reason people don’t give is because they are not asked. Follow these tips you can quickly raise $1000.00 to help women and their children as they take steps to walk away from domestic violence!

Start by pledging yourself e.g ................$ 50

Then ask the following to support you:
4 family members @ $50 each ...............$200
2 more family members @ $25 ...............$ 50
10 friends @ $25 each ...........................$250
5 co-workers @$20 each .......................$100
4 neighbours @ $20 each .......................$80
Your boss for a company contribution ....$50
Everyone in your email address book ....$220
Total ............................................$1,000

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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