Karen Peto, Alissa Bevan, Stacie Bourgeois and Melanie Warren. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)
Dave Yacyshyn, Pat Babiak, Don Babiak, Sonia Hasiuk and Blair Hasiuk. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)
High heels were all the rage on May 29, as they were walking down the runway ... I mean, sidewalk ... in brilliant shades of red, black, orange and pink, to name a few.
These shoes were not worn by women. They were worn by 53 men and two little boys in Brandon who raised money, put on a pair of heels and came out to "walk a mile in her shoes."
The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about family violence and homelessness and to raise funds for programs and services for women and children affected by these issues. The total raised this year was $18,592.43 — way to go guys!
Two Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Chris Kowalczuk and Chris Greaves, travelled in to help with the event. The top fundraising team was made up of employees from Westoba Credit Union who collected $2,219 in pledges and Glen Kirkland who collected $1,275.
The most amazing thing I witnessed at the walk this year was Ryan Shields, one of the top real estate agents from Century 21. Ryan brought two of his little boys who also strapped on a pair of girl shoes and proudly walked with their dad. That was pretty cool and that’s exactly where change begins.
I have to admit that my camera rebelled that day in the park and most of my pictures were unusable. I almost cried but I did get some great shots at the kickoff, sign-up night, which happened on May 1 at the Canad Inn, Roadhouse.
Men, I challenge you to "man up", get a pair and get involved next year.
For more information about this event, or next year’s event, contact the YWCA at: ywcabrandon.com
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 21, 2014