Red shoes bring in big bucks for CK Women’s Centre (GALLERY)

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Chatham on October 8, 2019 (Photo by Allanah Wills)

The Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre will be getting a funding boost thanks to some shiny red pumps.

The 11th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser was held Tuesday afternoon at the St. Clair College Thames Campus in Chatham.

Dozens of men from across CK donned their red heels and walked around the campus to raise awareness about violence against women and children and raise money for the Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre.

According to Karen Hunter, executive director of the Women’s Centre, there were around 60 to 70 participants and a total of approximately $10,000 was raised.

“They know it is a fun event, they want to come out and try it and they want to support a great cause, a great organization. I think it has a fun side to it with a serious overtone and I think the guys get it,” said Hunter.

Hunter said all the money raised will stay in Chatham-Kent.

“Right now it’s going into our general fund,” she explained. “It’s used for programs and services for women and children at the centre. All the proceeds stay in the organization and within the community.”

There were plenty of recognizable faces in the crowd including Mayor Darrin Canniff who said he was impressed to see such a large turnout for an important event.

“Violence against women has to be eliminated,” said Canniff. “This is a great cause. It’s a fun way of shining a light on something very serious.”