Hundreds walked in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Sylvan Lake last week.
Presented by the H.J. Cody Interact Club, the fifth annual event, held on June 2, raised funds for The Outreach Centre and brought attention and awareness to gender-based and domestic violence issues in the community.
“These events start difficult yet necessary conversations about gender relations and violence against both women and men,” said Ian Wheeliker, executive director at The Outreach Centre.
Starting at H.J. Cody High School, participants walked one mile – some wore high-heeled shoes. About 600 people participated in the event, which raised more than $7,000 raised.
“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the H.J. Cody Interact Club and the entire school community,” said Wheeliker.
“These students are truly making a difference and they should feel proud knowing that their efforts will go towards improving the lives of the clients we serve at The Outreach Centre.”
Author and Sylvan Lake Coun. Teresa Rilling told her own story of overcoming emotional and sexual abuse and encouraged anyone who is suffering to reach out for help.