Walk a Mile fundraiser ready to run in Penticton

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society is holding its annual fundraiser, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, on July 8 at Gyro Park.

The South Okanagan Women in Need Society is holding its annual fundraiser, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, on July 8 at Gyro Park.

Organizers say the fundraiser, in its third year, is a fun opportunity to ask everyone to take a stand and walk for awareness and change.

“Our goal is to raise $50,000 towards developing supportive, second stage housing that will provide security and stability to help women and their families build their lives beyond abuse,” reads a

SOWINS release.

The reason this kind of housing is needed, organizers say, is that women and families return to unsafe situations is due to a lack of a safe and affordable alternative.

Walk a Mile begins at Gyro Park at 4 p.m. The parade will start at 4:45 p.m. and will proceed along Main Street, turning around at Padmore Avenue and back to Gyro Park.

Participants are encouraged to wear red high heeled shoes and costumes. It’s not easy walking in heeled shoes, but it is fun and it gets people talking about gender relations, violence against women, the effect it has on children and communities, the roots of the behavior and envisioning solutions and

remedies to end the problem.

The post-parade festivities will extend until 7 p.m. featuring Bobby Bovenzi’s African Drummers, Boundless Belly Dance, Thomas Tumbach’s Sim Sim Salabim Band, Felt’s photo booth and food trucks. There will be many prizes to add to the fun.

Donations for the event will be received until July 15 . Qualified donations over $20 receive a tax receipt. For additional information please visit: www.sowins.com/wamso