JACKSONVILLE — NOTE: This story was published in the April 9 Daily Progress with a date of April 19 for the event. This information was incorrect in the press release provided. The event is Saturday, April 12.
The streets of downtown Jacksonville will soon be filled with the pitter-patter of very big feet.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes takes place this Saturday as more than 35 men from our community walk one mile through downtown in high heels to bring awareness to crimes against women.
“For too long, sexual assault and family violence have been thought of as a women’s issue”, said Donald Hammock, Executive Director of the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties. “This walk is a chance for the men in our community to stand up and let it be known that we will stand against the abuse of women, no matter if it’s from the hand of a stranger or our best fishing buddy. It’s wrong and has to end.”
The one-mile walk takes place Saturday, April 12. It begins at Salder’s Kitchen, 101 South Bonner, with a check-in and breakfast for the participants. The walk itself begins at 10 after a short ceremony and route will snake its way from Sadler’s, through downtown and ending again at Sadler’s.
Each walker is tasked with getting personal sponsors for their walk to raise funds for direct services for clients of the Crisis Center.
“Last year we raised almost $29,000,” said Mr Hammock. “This year we hope to better that amount, and we are so lucky to live in a community that makes this a true possibility.”
The components of the event include contests for Best Blinged Shoe, Best Overall Outfit, Most Funds Raised and Most Painful Walk.
Immediately after the walk a 100-yard dash will be held for those “man enough” to enter.
“We are asking the community to come out and set up along the route to cheer these guys on,” said Mr. Hammock. “You’ll see a lot of familiar faces passing by. The louder you cheer, the easier those high heels are to walk in.”
The walk, which benefits the direct client services of the Crisis Center, is sponsored by Trimble & Company, LLC; Heart to Heart Hospice; Ben E Keith Distribution; Verizon; Palestine Regional Hospital; Terry Morrow; Jeremy Harmel State Farm Insurance; Austin Bank ; Bobby’s Tire and Auto Center; Stackin’ Bills; ETMC-Jacksonville; Chili’s Jacksonville; Bacon Chevrolet; Mark Kerzee Insurance; James Farmer Construction; Snap’s Photography; Vance Royon Farmers Insurance; Family First Clinic and Urgent Care; Central Baptist Church-Jacksonville; Cherokee County Electric Co-op; Southside Bank; Worship Under the Bridge-Jacksonville; Citizen’s 1st Bank-Rusk/Jacksonville; WalMart-Jacksonville and Star Promo Worx.