Article by Nicolette Little (www.english-mechanic.com)
Oakville’s 4th annual Hope in High Heels event, aimed at raising awareness about violence against women, will take place on Sunday, September 29th. Put on by Halton Women’s Place, this event sees Oakville’s fantastic gents taking to the streets (or Lakeshore Road, at least!) to walk in high heels, take a noble stand against societal attitudes that hurt women—and raise funds for the cause in the process!
The day will begin at 10 a.m., as participants convene at the Central Library’s Centennial Square. Following opening words from Mayor Rob Burton as well as appearances by such local celebrities as councilors Max Khan, Tom Adams, Jeff Knoll and Marc Grant; musician Johannes Linstead; and Canadian jazz and rock icon Russ Little (Lighthouse, Blood Sweat and Tears, etc.), the walk will start at 11 a.m. Participants will be rewarded with a post-walk lunch and musical entertainment, held at Paradiso Restaurant, before the event wraps up at 1 p.m.
Domestic violence affects one in four women, while one in three is sexually assaulted in her lifetime. When the wealth of cases that goes unreported is taken into consideration, these statistics are even higher. HWP supports women who are fleeing abuse through its shelter and offers ongoing counselling as they set up new lives.
As Carm Bozzo, Development Manager at HWP, says, “Woman abuse won’t end until we have the support of men.” So, gentlemen: Come out, join the cause, raise some funds and strut your stuff—and, bring along your family and friends for moral support!
Oakville’s 4th annual Hope in High Heels is run by local residents Suzy Godefroy, Nicolette Little and Nadirah Nazeer, as well as Halton Women’s Place’s Carm Bozzo and Kaitlin Gordon. To register for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Nicolette Little