Hope in High Heels is here again – and Halton Women’s Place needs your support

High Heels

Get Those Ankles Warmed Up, Gentlemen!

By Nicolette Little – wordsbynic@gmail.com

 

This year’s Hope in High Heels walk, in support of Halton Women’s Place, will take place in downtown Oakville this Sunday, September 27th.

Halton Women’s Place (HWP) offers legal, counselling, and housing services to women and their dependants who are fleeing domestic violence. The Hope in High Heels event sees Oakville’s bravest gents strutting from Central Library to Town Square, in the signature pink and audacious heels, to raise awareness and funds in the fight against violence against women. With much popular interest, this event has grown exponentially over the past three years – suggesting anti-violence is, thankfully, on Oakville’s radar. According to Statistics Canada (2013), one in four women report having experienced domestic violence, with actual numbers likely being higher.

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Registration begins at 10 am, in Centennial Square, outside the Central Library. Speeches follow from the town’s mayor and councillors, and the walk proper starts at 11 am. Complimentary coffee will be provided by Aroma Espresso Bar, and all walkers receive lunch, care of The Works restaurant, after. Actual walking time is only 15-20 minutes long, and the shoes are provided (in all men’s sizes) onsite. In addition to Aroma and The Works, The Oakville Beaver and Clarks Shoes have been generous sponsors of this event.

Ready to join Oakville’s troupe of anti-violence walkers? Ready to work towards an end to violence against women? Guys – come join HWP as individual walkers, or as part of a team. Be sure to bring plenty of family and friends to cheer you on, as all are welcome – and showing your support for an end to a pervasive society problem counts.

Please contact HWP’s Carm Bozzo at cbozzo@haltonwomensplace.com for more information or to register. Walkers and teams can also register via the HWP site, at www.haltonwomensplace.com. See you this Sunday!

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