By Nicolette Little
Oakville’s 4th annual Hope in High Heels event, aimed at raising awareness about violence against women, will take place on Sunday, September 28th. Put on by Halton Women’s Place (HWP), this event sees Oakville’s fantastic gents taking to the streets (or Lakeshore Road, at least!) to complete a short strut in high heels, take a noble stand against societal attitudes that hurt women—and raise funds for the cause in the process! The eye-catching pink shoes are provided on-site by HWP, and are available in all men’s sizes.
“I had a ton of fun,” says RE/MAX Aboutowne’s Bill Lawson, who participated in last year’s event. “But, importantly, the event also supports a great cause.” He, along with a team of ten other agents, including Guy McMurray and Mark Jensen, can’t wait to don the shoes this year and strut in support of Halton’s impressive women’s shelter.
Registration opens at 10 a.m. in the Central Library’s Centennial Square. Following opening words from Sheridan College President Jeff Zabudsky and other community notables at 10:30 a.m.—as well as appearances by councillors Max Khan, Tom Adams, Jeff Knoll and Marc Grant, 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 musical entertainment and a post-walk lunch, held at The Works, downtown Oakville, 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. You can register as an individual walker or as part of a team—and bring along your family and friends for moral support!
Oakville’s 4th annual Hope in High Heels is run by Halton Women’s Place’s Carm Bozzo and Kaitlin Gordon, and HiHH Committee members Nadirah Nazeer, Nicolette Little, Suzy Godefroy and Tom Ormerod.
To register for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.