It’s no secret that The Generator is a big supporter of womxn. That’s why we participate in our local YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser. This initiative was created to raise both funds and awareness to end violence against womxn and allow them to escape.
Many of these womxn live in fear, and with Covid-19 forcing them to stay at home with their abusers, this has only increased.
Why it’s important
As a signature YWCA Hamilton event, this drive helps the YWCA provide a way out for womxn and children experiencing violence.
Funds raised from Walk a Mile in Her Shoes go towards housing, allowing survivors to have a safe place to get back on their feet. Along with housing, womxn are provided with access to counselling, a 12-week program, and other resources to help them become financially independent. Support is tailored to each individual or family to meet them where they’re at and help them recover from the trauma. The objective is to assist the survivors in reaching their goals and rebuilding their lives through skill-building, employment and life skills support, crisis intervention, and more.
The YWCA also provides health and wellness programs, 55+ Active Living Centre, employment and training services, children’s services, and volunteer opportunities.
Walking a Mile looks a little different this year
With physical distancing measures in place due to Covid-19, the typical downtown rally has transformed into a Walk Week, with virtual rally and awards ceremony. Walk Week will run from August 12-19, with a virtual celebration on August 19th. And because this is online, you don’t have to be in Hamilton to take place – you can participate wherever you are!
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-Stefani, The Generator