Harcourts Group Australia has announced that it will hold its 2017 Walk A Mile in Their Shoes fundraising event on Friday, 1 September 2017. At eight locations across Australia, Harcourts staff, family, friends and supporters will “walk a mile” in women’s heels to show solidarity and bring attention to the national tragedy that is violence against women. Raising funds through the group’s charitable arm, The Harcourts Foundation, all monies raised will support White Ribbon’s “Breaking the Silence” prevention initiatives in primary and secondary schools.
The 5th annual event, hosted by The Harcourts Foundation, aims to raise awareness and much needed funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women. At each location, a White Ribbon Ambassador will participate and put a face to the issue. The community is welcome to participate.
Devastatingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia because of intimate partner violence.
“Violence against women is never a private issue,” said Mike Green, Harcourts International Managing Director. “We are holding this event to help break the silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue as well as funds to support work to bring violence against women to an end.”
While violence is experienced by both men and women, most domestic violence victims in Australia are women, and the violence is most likely to be perpetrated by a man. Because different kinds of violence have different causes and effects, violence prevention campaigns need a central focus to be successful in their mission.
White Ribbon Australia tailors messaging and tools to achieve the mission based on the understanding that most men are not violent, and that most men share the belief that violence against women is never acceptable.
“The women lost are not just statistics – they are wives, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues,” continued Mr Green. “Most importantly, they are people, and the impact of the violence perpetrated against them is widespread and long-standing.
“We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault, help is always available and if you see something you should definitely say something. People need to know that they can make a difference; bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a whole of community approach.”
Over 800 participants participated in the 2016 Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, and raised over $118,000, to set a second consecutive White Ribbon record for a community fundraising activity. The funding helped Breaking the Silence expand into a national program for the first time, across 13 regions in 30 schools, impacting 1400 teachers and 16,850 students.
The community is invited to participate or support events scheduled. All walks begin at 11:00am local time and end by 12:30pm, except for the Hobart event.
Locations confirmed for 2017:
Brisbane, Queensland – Southbank along Clem Jones Promenade to Picnic Island Green, Southbank
with White Ribbon Ambassador Channel 10 News presenter Lachlan Kennedy
Campbelltown, New South Wales – Corner Queen and Cordeaux Streets, Mawson Park to Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown
with White Ribbon Ambassador Tibor Mokany
Hobart, Tasmania – Collins Court on Collins Street, along Elizabeth Street to Salamanca Square (time change 12:00 meet for 12:30 walk, finish 1:15pm)
with White Ribbon Ambassador former MP David O’Byrne
Launceston, Tasmania –Corner York and George Streets, to the Brisbane Street Mall
with White Ribbon Ambassador Mayor of Launceston Albert Van Zetten
Melbourne, Victoria – Queensbridge Square, Southbank Spillway to Federation Square, Melbourne
with White Ribbon Ambassador Tarang Chawla, and White Ribbon Advocate Simone O’Brien
Perth, Western Australia – Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay around Barrack Square Arbour
with White Ribbon Ambassador City of Perth Councillor Jim Adamos
South Australia – Corner North Terrace & King William Streets to Victoria Square
with White Ribbon Ambassador 2016 Young Australian of the Year Arman Abrahimzadeh
Townsville, Queensland – Officeworks carpark (44 Charters Towers Road) to Harcourts Kingsberry Townsville (244 Charters Towers Rd)
(White Ribbon Ambassador not yet confirmed)
Jim Fitzgerald - Men’s Program Worker for NQ Domestic Violence Resource Services also to attend.
Visit The Harcourts Foundation “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” event registration page. Cost to register is $25 with all registrations and donations going to White Ribbon at the conclusion of the events.
If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000.