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Virtual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, presented by Meridian

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes©

Presented by Meridian

Thank you to everyone who walked and donated in this year's event!

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 past 5 months.

Since March, 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 2020 will undoubtedly see that number raise.

2020 was different

We couldn’t come together and walk like we normally do but our community came together in it’s own way. This year we asked that you register and walk your way, whatever that looks like to you. 

Whether it be hiking some of our beautiful local trails, walking the dog around the block, sporting the red heels on your coffee run or challenging your colleagues and neighbours to do the same, we asked you to register, fundraise and walk in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence. And did you ever!

You walked in the name of the women in your life and the hundreds of women and girls who access prevention programming and services through YWCA Cambridge. 

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. 

Thank you to everyone who purchased a lawn sign this year! Your support was visible in neighbourhoods across Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo and Ayr!
All proceeds from sales support 2020's fundraising campaign. Signs are $20 each including delivery in the Waterloo Region. Get in touch through the form below.
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 Walk of equality and free from gender-based violence makes you a hero in our eyes. 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. Click the Create My Own Fundraising Page and enter your name and email. The system will send you an email to easily customize 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. Please note that unlike in previous years, donors are no longer able to search for walkers by their name on the fundraising portal. Instead, your supports will need to receive a unique link to your personal crowdfunding page to ensure that their donation is applied against your fundraising goals. This link will be generated as you create your own personalized fundraising page.  

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

Future Events

Upcoming Fundraising Events

Race to Erase

Race to Erase is an annual fundraising competition where teams compete in fun-filled challenges throughout our community, all in support of multiple local charities.

She Talks: Stories of Tenacity & Grit

She Talks brings you the stories of remarkable women and their personal journeys in this intimate night of authentic conversation, laughter and inspiration.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a playful opportunity to raise awareness in our community about the serious nature of inequality and gender-based violence. We walk in solidarity for equality, safety and tolerance in our community.

Montage of all Women of Distinction 2019

Women of Distinction

YWCA Cambridge’s Women of Distinction Awards is a celebration of the incredible women working tirelessly to improve lives, break down barriers and inspire future generations, right here at home.

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

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Sundays & holidays: closed

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

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