Walk A Mile going valley-wide
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 04:08 pm
After six successful years of raising funds, friends and awareness for domestic violence prevention work, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will become a truly Bow Valley event.
“While our programs and services are available to residents of Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Exshaw – with even more planned to reach these communities in the future – our events have historically always focused on Banff,” said YWCA fund development and communications manager Paula Krupa.
With the YWCA’s strategic direction to increase access to their programming, services and awareness within the Bow Valley, it’s time for their signature event to widen its reach as well.
“By widening the reach of awareness-building initiatives like Walk a Mile, we want to connect with a greater Bow Valley community and maximize the impact of this event in Banff and Canmore,” said Krupa.
Invited by Canmore Mayor John Borrowman to host Walk a Mile in Canmore this year, the organization decided to come up with a sustainable solution which gives both communities the opportunity to participate. The walk will return to Banff for 2016.
“As a proud support of the Walk A Mile event, I’m thrilled that it will be held in Canmore this year,” said Borrowman. “The work of the YWCA extends throughout the entire Bow Valley. The more involvement and support we can create, the better.
“I hope Banff supporters will join us in Canmore and that Canmorites who have wanted to participate but haven’t yet will come out and show their support for an important cause and a fantastic organization.
“We are strong together, across communities, than we can ever be separately.”
The fundraiser will be held in Canmore on Wednesday, Sept.16 in front of the Civic Centre with the walk taking place on Main Street.
Having worked with many supporters from Canmore in the past, YWCA is excited about the opportunity to share this well-established event with the greater Bow Valley community. The organization invites Canmore residents to join the event on Sept. 16.
“We are very grateful to the Banff community for the support we receive here and we are committed to working closely with Banff supporters to encourage their ongoing participation,” said Krupa. “We are looking at different way to involve Banff, including free transportation options, social media involvement and Banff-based events and initiatives throughout the campaign.”
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes raises funds, friends and awareness for the YWCA’s work to prevent intimate partner violence and promote healthy relationships in the Bow Valley. The lighthearted event asks men to take a stand against violence by strapping on a pair of high heel shoes and walking down Canmore’s Main Street.
Walk a Mile is a donation-based event with no registration fee. Shoes are provided by event organizers (up to size 17). Register as an individual or team to participate on Sept. 16.
Even though the walk is for men only, women play an important role in this event as volunteers and advocates. Women who would like to support YWCA’s efforts are invited to become Sole Sisters and encourage men in their lives to register for Walk a Mile 2015.
Donations can be made to specific walkers, teams or to the campaign itself. Canmore and Banff businesses are invited to become sponsors of this Bow Valley-wide event that offers many sponsorship advantages.
For more information, contact Krupa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-760-3201.