Sunday September 16, 2012

Last year I participated in the Walk a Mile in her shoes event to raise awareness about rape, sexual assault and gender violence. This event, also called the international Men’s March, encourages men to walk a mile in ladies shoes. The walk will happen again this year at the September Third Thursday event.

It is not often that you can address an issue as serious as domestic violence while having such a great time. The challenge of walking that entire mile while wearing shoes with big heels and pointy toes had the walkers all talking and encouraging each other. At times we were even a little competitive not only showing off the styles of our shoes but bragging about our ability to walk in the shoes. When people cheered us and put a few dollars in our red buckets it made us all feel good.

I look forward to this year’s walk and encourage all to participate as a walker, a cheer leader, sponsoring a walker or to throw a couple of bucks into my bucket. All will help the Elizabeth Freeman center provide help for people in our community.

FRANK ENGELS

Pittsfield