Royal LePage Gardiner Realty in Fredericton, NB welcomed local men who are keen to ‘stand up and step in’ to end violence against women at their 5th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes™ fundraising march.
More than 100 participants – including local police officers, firefighters, RCMP, and Canadian Forces personnel – walked one mile in red stilettos to raise funds for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated to funding women’s shelters and domestic violence prevention programs.
Walkers of all ages were supported by spectators cheering them on and thanking them for their gesture and incredible fundraising. Walkers also kindly supported each other, holding up friends struggling in their new shoes or those who quickly developed blisters. All walkers crossed the finish line with smiles on their faces and an appreciation that their brief struggle was nothing compared to what women experience when fleeing violence.
All funds raised will be donated via the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation to Fredericton’s Women in Transition House, a secure and safe shelter for women and their children who are fleeing abuse. Fundraising at this annual event has now surpassed $104,000!