Since 2013, thousands of local residents have joined The Center for Family Justice for its annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, a mile-long fundraising walk through downtown Fairfield to raise awareness about the impact sexual abuse and violence against women and girls has in the local communities it serves.
For the second consecutive year, CFJ will hold its ninth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes as a month-long virtual event because of ongoing Covid-19-related social gathering restrictions. Once again, the Bridgeport-based nonprofit is encouraging supporters to take personal fundraising walks to take a stand against gender-based violence throughout the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Sponsored by Aquarion Water, the fundraising and awareness event will culminate the morning of Saturday, April 24 with a live social media broadcast to celebrate those who have taken their own walks on behalf of CFJ throughout the month.
To champion these efforts, CFJ will continue to work closely with its White Ribbon Committee, a group of male community leaders dedicated to breaking the cycles of domestic and sexual violence in the six local communities it serves.
This virtual walk effort will once again be chaired by Gary MacNamara, Executive Director of Public Safety & Government Affairs at Sacred Heart University, and the former police chief in Fairfield. MacNamara has served as WAM’s chairman since its inception. He is known for sporting a towering pair of red high heels as he walks each year to demonstrate his solidarity with female victims and survivors of sexual abuse and violence.
CFJ’s supporters can join MacNamara and get involved by doing the following:
• Registering to participate in Walk A Mile in Her Shoes at Bit.ly/cfjwam2021.
• Form a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes team and create a fundraising page for that team.
• Encourage friends and family to donate in support of their efforts.
• Between April 1 and 30 take a picture or video walking in support of CFJ and share it on social media using the hashtags #WhyIWalkCFJ #WeStillWalkforCFJ #IStillWalkForCFJ. Suggestion: Wear the Walk a Mile symbol of red shoes or something teal, the official color of sexual violence awareness, to show you care.
• Send those photos or short videos to CFJ’s Community Relations Coordinator Beth Fitzpatrick at BFitzpatrick@CenterforFamilyJustice.org.
To learn more about supporting Walk a Mile as a sponsor, participant or donor contact Lisa Labella, CFJ’s Director of Development and Community Outreach at LLabella@CenterforFamilyJustice.org