Walking a mile to spread awareness

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

For the third consecutive year the Deniliquin Soroptimist Club and Domestic Violence Liaison Committee will challenge locals to ‘walk a mile in her shoes’.

The anti-domestic violence awareness campaign — which encourages men to slip on a pair of women’s shoes for a short walk through the CBD — is occurring in country locations as well as cities all around the country.

The walk will be held on Saturday, November 24 and will commence from the skate park and finish at the Waring Gardens Rotunda after a short walk through the central business centre.

At the conclusion of the walk a short address will be made by guest speakers, Edward River Council councillor Peta Betts and Yawkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre’s Karen Wilson.

Soroptimist member and event coordinator Rose Chick said the event will be supported by SunRice for a third year straight.

‘‘Sunrice will be providing specialised cap hats for the event this year,’’ she said.

‘‘We invite business leaders to encourage their staff to walk against domestic violence.

‘‘The idea is that men wear a pair of women’s shoes, or carry them, to raise awareness of the issue of men’s violence against women.

‘‘The more noise we make and the more we’re seen, the more attention we will draw to the issue.

‘‘We need the community to stand together to show we will not tolerate domestic violence in any way.’’

Participants are asked to arrive at 10.30am at the skate park with the walk commencing at 10.40am.

For more information about the walk and how your business can get involved, contact Mrs Chick on 0447993346.