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Close up of red sneakers walking outside. Text reads It's time to walk for her. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, presented by Meridian (logo). YWCA Cambridge logo

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes©

Presented by Meridian

Why we walk

This year, there is an urgent need to provide support to women and children in our community. Times of crisis and financial hardship exacerbate domestic violence and this is exactly what has happened throughout the pandemic.

Since March 2020, YWCA Cambridge has seen a dramatic increase in the need to provide direct support to women and youth who are struggling at this time. We meet women are experiencing social isolation, increased stress of job loss or insecurity, mental health concerns, access to reliable internet and technology, challenges to care giving and child care constraints, limited access to food and household essentials and increasingly, women and youth who are experiencing violence in their homes.

Similarly, the youth who take part in our programming increasingly need support as they experience many of the same stressors, all while being heavily relied upon to care for siblings. They are often struggling with their own mental health and navigating living in unsupportive and unsafe homes, which are often not accepting of who they are.

These problems existed for the women, families and youth before this year but COVID-19 has compounded them to levels that we have never seen before. Our community is struggling but you can help.

Walk Your Way

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an annual fundraising event where people of all ages, genders and abilities raise awareness about gender-based violence while raising much needed funds to support our prevention work. We walk in solidarity with survivors of violence because each year in Canada, over 75,000 women and their children flee their homes to escape violence and 2021 has undoubtedly seen that number raise.

This year, we have partnered with YWKW to increase awareness of the need to support families throughout the Region. But, as in previous years, all funds donated to YWCA Cambridge’s Walk will be used to empower and uplift our community. Your dollars stay local and change lives right here at home. 

Glittery Red Heel for Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

This Year Was different

We may not have come together and walked as a group but we certainly still made a difference. This year we asked the community to register and walk, rum or bike the city streets and beautiful Grand River trails. We had teams walk the traditional downtown walk route with colleagues, children and families walk their neighbourhoods, individuals sport the signature red heels to spur conversation and even had our very first half marathon team take to the trails in a muddy, rainy race. 

We were blown away by those that came out and walked in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence.  The creativity of this year’s event has us all pretty excited for 2022, when we hope to walk together once again!

Together, We Made a difference

Funds from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes directly support YWCA Cambridge’s prevention and advocacy work with the goal to end gender-based violence and reach gender equality. YWCA Cambridge relies on funds raised by Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to provide free programming for women and children who are facing increased marginalization, isolation and are currently at an increased risk of violence in the home as a direct result of COVID-19. 

Funds raised by walkers and community partners allow us to provide a safe(r) space for participants to access to staff and peer supports, community resources and programs designed to uplift and empower. Funds raised help to establish trusting relationships and provide support and guidance so that participants don’t feel alone. 

Red shoes of all kinds are welcome at Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

Christine and Chris Vigna

My Story →
“We want to ensure that our kids understand that it’s important to give back to a community and to help build a stronger community.”

Darryl Law

My Story →
“I participate in Walk a Mile every year because I know it’s one small thing I can do to encourage fellow men and boys to acknowledge the existence of gender-based violence and to take responsibility for the role each of us has in standing up against it.”

Chief Larkin

My Story →
“[Walk a Mile in Her Shoes] promotes equality, within our community, within our society.”

Kevin Sinclair

My Story →
“The work that is done at YWCA Cambridge continues to inspire me. I've walked for years because I believe in an equal and safe Cambridge for all."

Walk with us

Without the support of our incredible community champions, our work would not be possible. Without core funding for our violence prevention work, we rely on the support of donors and funders to help those most at risk of gender-based violence and marginalization. So thank you for walking alongside us all these years.

To register:
Click on the Register To Walk button. You will be redirected to the main fundraising page for the event on our secure fundraising platform CrowdChange. Click the Register To Walk As An Individual Or Team and select either Join A Team, Start A Team or Create A Personal Page. The system will direct you to your own personal crowdfunding page. You can add a photo and update the copy to reflect your personal reasons for walking. 

Your personal page link can then be emailed out to your friends, family & colleagues to solicit support for your walk. 

If you have any questions or concerns about setting up your page or if you would like to sport the red heels this year, please contact us at info@ywcacambridge.ca

Family of fundraisers at Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 2019
Participant and fundraiser wears red heels at Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 2019

Show Your Support

The best way to help us create equity and end gender-based violence in our community is to support our work through either walking alongside us or donating to someone you know that is fundraising.

All funds raised support the programs of YWCA Cambridge, making your impact local. Your support will be used to run programs designed to instill confidence & self-esteem, empower participants to find their voice and demand equality and a life free from violence and full of opportunity.

Partnership Opportunities

We are grateful to the generosity of our corporate sponsors and community partners. Together we create a memorable community-focussed event that brings together friends, neighbours and family to raise awareness about the impact of gendered violence in Cambridge. Our partners make this event possible, through financial and in-kind support, with all funds raised supporting the vital programs of the YWCA Cambridge.

If your team would like to work with us to raise your profile in the community, create a unique employee team building event or chat about creating a corporate partnership that meets your marketing objectives, please contact Caroline Barker, Director of Philanthropy, at 519.222.6405 or via email at c.barker@ywcacambridge.ca

Get In Touch

Have a Question Or Need Assistance?

If you have a question about YWCA Cambridge, our programs or events, or simply want to get involved, please give us a call or send us an email.

Contact Us

Address: 55 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 7A5

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Saturdays, Sundays & holidays: closed

Tel: (519) 267-6444 
Main Email: info@ywcacambridge.ca

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