Registration now open for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser for YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

11th annual charity walk on May 24th raises funds for local women and children fleeing abuse

Registration is now open for the 11th annual YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, taking place on May 24, 2019 in downtown Peterborough. You can participate as an individual or in a team during the event, which raises funds for YWCA Peterborough Haliburton's Crossroads Shelter. Red high heels are optional; you can walk in any shoes you are comfortable wearing. (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)
Registration is now open for the 11th annual YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, taking place on May 24, 2019 in downtown Peterborough. You can participate as an individual or in a team during the event, which raises funds for YWCA Peterborough Haliburton's Crossroads Shelter. Red high heels are optional; you can walk in any shoes you are comfortable wearing. (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)

Registration is now open for the YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser, which returns for its 11th year on Friday, May 24, 2019

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton held a launch event on Thursday (April 4) at its Simcoe Street office.

Drew Merrett, representing the walk’s title sponsor Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre, presented awards to Craig Mortlock of Mortlock Construction for being the top individual fundraiser and Tom Mortlock of Team Mortwalk for being the top team fundraiser at last year’s event.

Craig and Tom Mortlock of Mortlock Construction with their awards for top individual and team fundraisers for the 2018 YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, at the April 4, 2019 launch of the 2019 event. (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)
Craig and Tom Mortlock of Mortlock Construction with their awards for top individual and team fundraisers for the 2018 YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, at the April 4, 2019 launch of the 2019 event. (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)

YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes raises funds to support “Safe Nights” at YWCA Crossroads Shelter for women and children fleeing abuse. A Safe Night represents the $64.65 cost of housing and supporting a woman or child at the shelter for one night, including a private room, 24-hour confidential onsite support, nutritious meals, supportive programming, and more. This is the cost beyond funding provided by the government, which only partially funds the shelter.

The 2019 YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event takes place on Friday, May 24, 2019 beginning at Confederation Park (499 George St N, Peterborough), across from Peterborough City Hall. Mandatory check-in is at 11 a.m., with the walk beginning at 12 p.m., when it will proceed down George Street to King Street, and then back up Water Street to Confederation Park.

People of all ages, genders, and abilities are welcome to participate. While the event is known for participants (including men) wearing red high heel shoes, this isn’t necessary to participate in the walk. The red shoes are just a symbol, and participants are encouraged to walk in whatever shoes they feel most comfortable wearing.

Members of Team Merritt at the April 4, 2019 launch of the 2019 YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser. Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre is the title sponsor of the event, which takes place on May 24, 2019.  (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)
Members of Team Merritt at the April 4, 2019 launch of the 2019 YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser. Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre is the title sponsor of the event, which takes place on May 24, 2019. (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)

If you do want to wear red high heels, these are available in men’s and women’s sizes on a first-come first-served basis upon check-in. A minimum pledge of $64.65 (the cost of one Safe Night) is required to participate, which will give you access to the red high heels as well as a t-shirt and lunch on the day of the walk.

Participants who raise over $452.55 (representing one Safe Week at YWCA Crossroads Shelter) will be entered in a draw to win a $500 gift certificate donated by Primal Cuts and a $799 three-piece conversation set donated by Leon’s Peterborough.

To register as a walker, create a team, or join a team, visit walkamilepeterborough.com. You can also download and print pledge forms from the website.

YWCA Peterborough Haliburton is also seeking volunteers to help out during the May 24th event. For more information, email tmacfarlane@ywcapeterborough.org.

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