Date: Thursday September 13, 2018
Location: Regina Downtown City Square Plaza at Victoria Park
Time: Registration at 11:00am, Walk at 12:00pm, Lunch at 12:30pm
Walk Distance: The route of the walk will be 0.75 km
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes is a pledge-based fundraiser, where people of all ages, genders, and abilities walk in red shoes to raise awareness and funds for YWCA Regina’s essential programs and services that support women and children affected by violence. All proceeds raised will directly benefit YWCA Regina violence prevention programs and services.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will take place on September 13th, 2018. This highly visible event will take place downtown Regina and feature a 0.75 km walk, along with a post-walk lunch reception recognizing participant fundraisers and sponsors at Regina city plaza.
There is a serious need for intimate partner violence prevention services in our community. Saskatchewan has the highest reported rate of domestic violence and intimate partner homicide of all Canadian provinces, and Saskatchewan's rate of sexual assault is twice the national average. Almost 80% of women accessing YWCA Regina shelters are there as a result of violence.
YWCA Regina responds to this need with programs, services, and advocacy crucial to providing women and children with the fundamental right to safety and security. YWCA Regina’s Isabel Johnson Shelter andMy Aunt’s Place provide women and children with 24 hour support services in safety planning, counselling, and assistance in connecting to community resources and permanent housing. In 2016, YWCA Regina shelters for women and children leaving situations of domestic violence housed 700 women and children. However, the need continues to be much greater. Lacking space, YWCA Regina turned away over 2000 women and children last year.
YWCA Regina is making a difference in the lives of women and children leaving situations of intimate partner violence, but with further financial support, we can do so much more. Step up and Take a Stand on preventing violence against women today.
How To help
Inspire your community to step up and take a stand on preventing gender based violence by forming a team to fundraise and walk the symbolic mile. The money you fundraise will help fund programs that support those affected by violence.
Engage in friendly competition by setting a target fundraising goal for your team, and challenge other teams in your area to try and beat your goal. The team fundraising totals will be updated on the homepage.
Spread the word and help those in your community that need it the most. The time to step up is now!
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes welcomes people of all ages, genders and abilities.
Who can participate?
How do I make a donation?
You can make a donation to the events general fund or to a specific walker or team here. A tax receipt will be issued for gifts of $20 or more. If you have a cash or cheque donation, please fill out the Donation Form. If you would like to make a pledge for a walker or team offline, donations can be made in person at the YWCA where we can process Visa, Mastercard, Debit, cash, or cheque.
YWCA Regina is a registered charity (#108227950 RR 0001). Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Please note that tax receipts will not be provided for registration fees. Tax receipts are automatically generated for online donations and will be emailed shortly after the gift has been made. Offline donations made or submitted in person at the YWCA ahead of the event day will be processed immediately and tax receipts will be mailed out shortly after. Pledge forms collected on the event day will have tax receipts issued shortly afterwards by mail.
What do the funds raised support?
Funds raised at this event support YWCA Regina's essential programs and services that help to combat issues of homelessness and violence against women. Know your contributions are making a difference in the lives of women, children, and families in our community!
Is there a registration fee to participate?
There is a $20 registration fee to sign up as a walker. This fee gets a shirt, lunch, shoe rental (if needed), and participation in the event’s activities. Please note, tax receipts are not provided for registration fees. As this event is a pledged-based fundraiser, we strongly encourage setting a personal fundraising goal and asking your friends, family and colleagues to support you. All pledges and donations of $20 or more will be issued a charitable tax receipt when donor name and address have been provided.
What if I have cash or cheque donations?
Cash or cheque donations are considered "Offline Donations." Participants must hand in all offline donations received with the Donation Form. in order to have tax receipts issued to donors. Donations of $20 or more will be issued a charitable tax receipt. Walkers can drop off cash or cheque at any time at the YWCA at 1940 McIntyre Street in Regina, or bring them to registration on the day of the event.
The number one reason people don’t give is because they are not asked. Involve your friends, family and colleagues in your fundraising and you will reach your goal in no time!
3 steps to reaching your fundraising goal of $250
Step 1: Once registered, share your participant page to let people know you have stepped up to take the challenge!
Step 2: Ask five family members to contribute $25 each = $125
Step 3: Ask five friends or colleagues to support you for $25 each = $125 Total = $250 Congratulations, you have raised $250 for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2017!
Where do we check-in on event day?
There will be a registration table located at the Downtown City Square Plaza that will remain open from 11am-12pm. There will also be volunteers available to answer your questions. Submit any signed pledge form and cash/cheque pledges that have not yet been processed and be sure to pick up your participant package!
Where will I be walking?
The Walk will begin at 12 noon at the Downtown City Square Plaza and will circle around Victoria Park and end up back at the Plaza.
Will there be lunch?
Walkers, sponsors and volunteers are invited to attend a free lunch at the City Square Plaza following the walk.
What happens if it rains?
The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will take place rain or shine. We suggest that you come prepared for inclement weather.
What shoes do I wear?
We encourage walkers to wear red shoes of any kind. High heels, flats, sandals, boots or running shoes show the diversity of women this event aims to support. We will have red high heels available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. Since we are unable to accommodate all walkers, wearing your own red shoes is encouraged. You could even paint a pair of old shoes! Be sure to wear footwear that you feel comfortable walking in.
What clothing should I wear?
Please dress according to the weather conditions and ensure you are comfortable walking in these clothes.
For more information
Please contact Event Coordinator, Julie Gobeil
Phone: (306) 525-2141 ext 130