i adore jen's stella shoe collection polaroids. My friend Connie is the loveliest. Not only does she live in one of my favourite cities in the world -that being Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia - but she is creative, gorgeous, has impeccable style and does great things, for great causes. I will tell you more about her another time (sorry to whip the spotlight away from you so quickly Connie!), but for today I want to tell you a little about a fabulous fundraiser hosted by an organisation that Connie is the administrative coordinator for. The fundraiser is called Walk A Mile In Her Shoes...
The concept of this fundraiser started in California back in 2001, and the "walk a mile" events are happening all over America throughout Spring (check the calender here for an event near you). On June 6 however, the Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre will be holding their 3rd annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, and I want to encourage all you Vancouver Islanders - and Vancouverites alike who fancy a trip to the island - for this fabulous fundraising event!
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Everyone is welcome to the event and you can visit the website to get registered, pledge your hearts out and then get prepared to have an awesome time while supporting an important cause in the Victorian community. You can get your friends and co-workers involved by forming a team but if you can't make it, you can still help out right here by adding a donation to my friend Birger and Chris' Walk a Mile in Her Shoes pledge! Birger, who has just moved to Victoria from Germany, has this to add:
"I’m walking because it's the right thing to do. It's important for us as men to change our perspective and engage in the issue of sexual violence by participating in positive events like Walk a Mile. Then we can start to understand this issue and how it affects so many people we care about. And - I also look forward to experiencing what's it's like to be almost 7 feet tall for a few hours!"
Please don't sprain an ankle dear Birger!!
I'm also very excited to let you know that Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has just received an added boost from a Victoria couple who will be matching all pledges raised at the event over the next 3 years, up to a maximum of $80,000! The couple are giving the donation in an effort to help address a 1-year wait list for one of the Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre's programs. And as Connie points out, "that means by making even a small donation of $5.00, $10.00 or $20.00 to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, the Victoria Women's Sexual Assault Centre would receive double what you give!"
So, if you fancy seeing a whole bunch of Canadian guys in heels - a sight I would absolutely love to see myself - please go along, I have no doubt you will have an absolute ball!
PS We will see more of Connie soon in the (blog)house as she will be setting her e-travel bags down in the guest quarters sometime in the near future. And I know you are gonna love her as much as I do. See you here soon Connie!
For more info about the event, including the walk route map and registration info, please click here. To make a pledge, please click here. All photographs with courtesy of photographer & stylist, Jen Gotch.