A local man still plans to walk a mile in high heels to support Cranbrook’s Women’s Resource Centre, despite the official event being cancelled.
The Days Inn cancelled the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event this week following a lack of people signing up.
That’s not stopping Blaze Dobson, who has committed to raising funds for the Women’s Resource Centre for the past five years.
“Basically, I will meet up with Dannielle Port and I will walk with her at 2 pm. She will have a route set out for me and then I will walk alongside her,” Port says. “And if there’s other people who want to join or come watch me, they can come watch and I will be walking in red high heels.”
He says the issue of gender violence needs to be addressed in the community.
“The Women’s Centre does so much for Cranbrook. They provide food, clothing, shoes, they just give them a safe place to go to when the things are hitting the fan,” Dobson says.
Dobson says while the event is not going ahead, his support hasn’t faltered.
“Gender violence is a growing issue and people don’t really realize how high the number is and the fact it doesn’t just affect the women, it affects the children,” Dobson says. “When you are in an abusive situation, children see that and they are victims of it.”
The event supporting Cranbrook’s Women’s Resource Centre has been cancelled twice this year.
Dobson originally said in April he would raise funds for the Women’s Resource Centre after previous organizers of the Walk a Mile event said it would not go ahead.
This inspired Days Inn to consult with the Centre and plan their own event, which ultimately did not attract enough participants.
The Days Inn’s Dannielle Port said in a statement they “support Blaze in his efforts to continue supporting Cranbrook’s Womens Resource Centre” and they “hope that the community will come together in the future to make Walk-A-Mile happen again.”
– Women’s Resource Centre supporter, Blaze Dobson