August 11-18 is a special week in Hamilton – it’s the week we rally together to end violence again women. The YWCA Hamilton is holding their annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, but this year it’s the at home edition, and it’s a week long event. I’m part of the Hamilton Fempreneurs’ team and if you’d like to support us, click here.
This month also includes the introduction of the Tap to End Violence campaign, where you can tap your card to donate $5, $10 or $15 at any of the tip tap devices around the city. I made the trip to Barton Lettuce, which is one of the businesses hosting the device during the month of August. I took advantage of the shop’s fantastic variety of local produce and did a little shopping first, then made my way to the check out. The donation device is the easiest thing you’ve ever used. You literally just tap your debit or credit card to the device once to donate $5. If you want to donate an additional amount, just tap your card again to donate another $5. Keep tapping to donate more!
Visit one of these shops to tap to give:
Canadian Tire – Appleby Line, Burlington
Earth to Table: bread bar James
The Body Shop – Eastgate
This year more than ever, women are facing violence at home. Because of the pandemic, domestic violence rates have skyrocketed. YWCA Hamilton relies on funds raised by Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to provide a way out for women and children experiencing violence. Funds raised from this event provide safe housing that survivors need to escape abusers and get back on their feet. YWCA provides safety, access to counselling, supports to help them become financially independent. If you’re experiencing violence at home, click here.
-Suzanne, The Generator