The Blackfalds Bulldogs will be trading in their hockey skates for a pair of high heels next month to support the Outreach Centre.
Representatives from the Alberta Junior Hockey League team will participate in the centre’s Walk-A-Mile In Her Shoes event this September.
Blackfalds Bulldogs Foundation executive director Dustin Moore, assistant coach Brady Bakke, a board member and a player will walk a mile while wearing high heels during the event Sept. 15 in Red Deer.
“Ten or 15 of the other players will help out with whatever is needed on the administrative side, whether it be breakfast or registration. All of the boys will be out there wearing their jerseys and supporting the cause. We’re going to make this a bit of a team-builder and help the Outreach Centre raise some money,” said Moore.
There will be some nerves to walk in heels for the first time, Moore said.
“We’re really looking forward to getting our group in heels and doing this mile. Hopefully we don’t get any blisters,” Moore said with a laugh Monday.
The Bulldogs & Bulldogs Community Foundation are trading skates for red high heels this September! Our staff & players are excited to participate in this year’s #WalkAMile fundraiser with The Outreach Centre in #RedDeer 👠 pic.twitter.com/BWNxiSVkHW
— Blackfalds Bulldogs 🇨🇦 (@AJHLBulldogs) July 29, 2021
The Outreach Centre’s website describes Walk-A-Mile as “a fun event and abundant with opportunities to get people talking.”
“Just as walking in the shoes may at times be difficult and uncomfortable, so can talking about sexualized violence,” the website said.
“For preventative education, it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence. For healing, it informs the community that services are available for recovery.
“It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a better place.”
The money raised through this event will support more than 40 programs that provide needed services to local families experiencing domestic violence, mental health issues, poverty and homelessness.
For more information or to register for the event visit www.theoutreachcentre.org.