From Our VOICE
Our VOICE, the Buncombe County Rape Crisis and Prevention Center, is getting “pumped up” for the 4th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – the International Men’s March Against Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. This is the largest annual fundraiser for Our VOICE.
The Walk will take place on Saturday April 27th beginning at City/County Plaza and meandering one mile through the streets of downtown Asheville. Registration/check-in begins at 10am, the Walk kicks off at 11am and the after party (at Pack’s Tavern) is at noon.
Men don women’s shoes (mostly heels though an occasional wedge or flowery flip-flop is spotted) to show their solidarity with women during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence has forever been portrayed as a “women’s issue” and Our VOICE uses the Walk a Mile to not only generate awareness for the agency’s free and confidential services, but to bring men into the conversation about ending sexual violence together as a community.
This year’s sponsors include Mission Health, Tupelo Honey Café, Crossfit Asheville, and others. Coupons and other fun handouts will be served up by local businesses on the Walk Route to 400+ men and their aching feet! Men can acquire shoes from Hip Replacements (for only $16!) or for rent though Our VOICE on the morning of the Walk (though we are unable to guarantee sizes).
Registration for the Walk is $15 or $10 for students/sliding scale. Teams are encouraged, and everything (including fundraising) can be done online at www.WalkAMileAsheville.org. Women and children are welcome to participate!