The students of HJ Cody High School know what it is like to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’. On June 2, students faculty and community members took part in their 5th annual fundraiser event in support of The Outreach Centre which was presented by the HJ Cody Interact Club. 

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events emphasize the necessity of speaking up and taking steps to end gender-based and domestic violence,” says Ian Wheeliker, Executive Director at The Outreach Centre. “These events start difficult yet necessary conversations about gender relations and violence against both women and men.” 

Participants had to walk a mile but some opted to wear high heeled shoes. uthor and town councillor Teresa Rilling told her own powerful story of overcoming emotional and sexual abuse, encouraging anyone who is suffering to reach out for help and support.

“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the H.J. Cody Interact Club and the entire school community,” says Wheeliker. “These students are truly making a difference and they should feel proud knowing that their efforts will go towards improving the lives of the clients we serve at The Outreach Centre.” 

With about 600 people walking and over $7,000 raised, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sylvan Lake was once again a huge success. 

This article is written with files from the Outreach Centre.