In just a few days, we will be kicking off our seventh annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes®! Since 2011, our signature event has brought together the Westmoreland County community to raise awareness and start a conversation about how we can each take action to end gender-based violence in our own lives. This year, we are hoping to see more than 1,500 men, women and children at our walk — learning about the root causes of domestic and sexual violence, taking the pledge, and hopefully, enjoying a beautiful spring day!
Every year, our walk gets bigger and better. The event takes place 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 our updated Pledge to Prevent Gender Violence, and more. Of course, the main focus of our walk is raising awareness about gender-based violence, and asking our Westmoreland County community to commit to making a change in their own lives to help prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Make no mistake: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fun event, with men trying their luck 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-based 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 services, 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 high rate of domestic and sexual violence. We want to change that, and we need YOUR help to make it happen. So come to the Walk, post your #WalkBlackburn pictures, use the #WalkBlackburn snapchat filter and have an amazing time. But while you’re doing this, we ask you to not only Take the Pledge, but to truly 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 through tomorrow (April 20) at noon or at the event itself. If you can’t make the walk, but still want to support our mission, click here to donate. We don’t have to accept gender-based violence as inevitable; let’s work together to prevent it!