This gender abuse prevention fundraiser event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hangar, the Lancaster JetHawks Playing Field located at 45116 Valley Central Way in Lancaster.
Presented by the Antelope Valley Chapter of Zonta International, the Walk a Mile event will feature men walking a mile in high-heeled shoes around the track at the Hangar – a live demonstration of the old saying “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
Any male can take part in the walk; and several members of the Antelope Valley’s emergency response teams have already confirmed their participation, according to organizers.
The event is a fundraiser for the Antelope Valley Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit (FSU), which assesses, documents, photographs, and collects evidence on all cases presenting to the hospital or referred by law enforcement. The FSU also coordinates the medical and legal needs of victims of violence. The program is largely unfunded, and it functions out of the hospital’s Emergency Department. Learn more that the FSU here.
How to participate in the Walk a Mile event
You can do your part to support this event in one of the following ways:
Gentlemen can throw on a pair of heels and see how it feels to “be in her shoes.” A $55 registration fee pays for your T-Shirt and high-heeled shoes. Any money left over after the event costs are covered will be included in the funds donated towards the Forensic Services Unit. To register for the walk, click here.
Ladies can volunteer during the event. Volunteers are needed for several tasks, including participation check-in, shoe distribution, water distribution, and field monitors. To learn more about volunteering, click here.
Cheer the walkers along from the stands. Adult entry tickets are $5 at the gate and kids get in free. There will be a variety of games and activities, including face painting, balloon animals, balloon toss, raffles, and a silent auction.
For more information on this event, contact Sheyla Walker, Chair of Service Projects, Zonta International, Antelope Valley Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.