YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes raises $103,028 for Crossroads Shelter

Funds will support 1,593 'Safe Nights' for women and children fleeing abuse

The 11th annual YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser, held on May 24, 2019, has raised $103,028 for the YWCA Crossroads Shelter, supporting 1,593 "Safe Nights" for women and children fleeing abuse. Pictured from left to right: Jocelyn Hill of Swish, Tiffany Christie of Heads up for Inclusion, Laura Leahy of Swish, YWCA executive director Lynn Zimmer, Scott Rocha of Swish, Drew Merrett of Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre, Dan Vilar of GM Financial, Monika Carmichael of Trent Valley Honda, Kelli Richard of Kawartha Credit Union, Chris Russell of Bryston, and top individual fundraiser Tom Mortlock of top fundraising team Mortlock Construction. (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)
The 11th annual YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser, held on May 24, 2019, has raised $103,028 for the YWCA Crossroads Shelter, supporting 1,593 "Safe Nights" for women and children fleeing abuse. Pictured from left to right: Jocelyn Hill of Swish, Tiffany Christie of Heads up for Inclusion, Laura Leahy of Swish, YWCA executive director Lynn Zimmer, Scott Rocha of Swish, Drew Merrett of Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre, Dan Vilar of GM Financial, Monika Carmichael of Trent Valley Honda, Kelli Richard of Kawartha Credit Union, Chris Russell of Bryston, and top individual fundraiser Tom Mortlock of top fundraising team Mortlock Construction. (Photo courtesy of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton)

The 11th annual YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event has raised $103,028 for the YWCA Crossroads Shelter, exceeding this year’s goal of $95,000.

Organizers of the 2019 fundraiser announced the total on Tuesday (June 18) at YWCA Peterborough Haliburton on Simcoe Street, joined by lead event sponsors and prize recipients.

The funds raised by this year’s YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, held in Peterborough on May 24th, will support 1,593 “Safe Nights” 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.

In addition to announcing the 2019 fundraising total, organizers awarded prizes for top individual and team fundraisers, as well as the ‘1 Safe Week Prize’.

The top individual fundraiser award went to Tom Mortlock, who personally raised $3,905. Team MortWALK Construction Inc. was also the top team fundraiser, raising $8,168.

This ‘1 Safe Week Prize’ went to Scott Rocha of Team Swish, who raised a total of $576. The prize includes a $500 gift certificate donated by Primal Cuts and a three-piece conversation set, valued at $799, that was donated by Leon’s Peterborough.

Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre was once again the title sponsor of the 2019 fundraiser.

Since the first walk took place in Peterborough in 2009, YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has raised more than $950,000 in support of YWCA Crossroads Shelter.

For more information about YWCA Crossroads Shelter, and to make a donation, visit ywcapeterborough.org/get-help/crossroads-shelter/.

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