BCAAFC’s Walk a Mile Challenge
Wow. Today is one of those days that I really feel part of a community of people that care about ending and healing from sexualized violence. I came into the office today and opened up my email today to find 9(!) new participants for our upcoming Walk a Mile in Her Shoes awareness and fundraising event. Every time I get an email about a new participant or donor, I feel immense gratitude for the support for our Centre and the work we do, and this morning my heart is full.
The beauty of this event is the diverse group of people that come together for a common cause – speaking up against sexualized violence. Every person that joins us on event day is there for a different reason and with a different level of understanding of sexualized violence and how and why it is so prevalent in our society. This makes the messaging on event day a beautiful challenge – how do we have a meaningful conversation with everyone in attendance? I love being a part of figuring this out each year… especially when each year we feel like we are getting better and better at it and when it comes around to starting organizing, the question that always arises is, “how are we going to top last year?”
Last year we had the honour of having Paul Lacerte of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Moosehide Campaign who gave a moving, heart-felt and inspirational speech. This year, joined by the amazing energy of his colleague, Jeannette MacInnis, they have started the Walk a Mile Challenge.
They have very generously donated $500 towards Walk a Mile and are challenging other organizations and business to do the same. When we asked Paul why he was choosing to support Walk a Mile this year, he said:
“By Participating in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes men are making an important statement and standing up to end violence against women. It is a way of showing that we are loving and caring fathers, uncles, husbands, partners, and sons to the women in our community.”