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We are less than 2 weeks away from our signature event, Walk A Mile In Her Shoes®! This year, we are hoping to see more than 1,000 men, women and children at our walk — raising awareness, taking the pledge, and with some luck, enjoying a beautiful spring day!

Every year, our walk gets bigger and better. The event kicks off at St. Clair Park in downtown Greensburg, where we’ll have lots of yummy breakfast foods (thanks to Dunkin Donuts and Uncle Charley’s Sausage), a DJ, picture-taking opportunities, a chance to sign the Pledge to Prevent Gender Violence, and more. Of course, the main focus of our walk is raising awareness about gender violence, and asking our Westmoreland County community to commit to making a change in their own lives to help prevent gender violence.

Make no mistake: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fun event, with men in high heels and plenty to eat and to do. But the underlying goal of the walk is not just to have fun: it’s to raise awareness about gender violence and Blackburn Center’s mission to end it – and to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of this type of violence. We have had incredible community support of this event and of all of our programs, and we are hopeful that this will ultimately translate into a safer Westmoreland County for all of us. Like the rest of the country, Westmoreland County suffers from a relatively high rate of domestic and sexual violence. We want to change that, and to do so, we need YOUR help.

So come to the Walk, post your #WalkBlackburn pictures, and have a blast. But while you’re doing this, we ask you to not only Take the Pledge, but to seriously consider how you can put it into action in your daily life. When each of us makes this commitment, the combined power of our resolve can have a real impact on our community. If you haven’t registered yet, you can still register online or at the event. Tickets are just $5. If you can’t make the walk, but still want to support our mission, click here to donate. Gender violence is NOT inevitable; let’s work together to prevent it!

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