Walk to end domestic violence

Harcourts South Coast’s Mark Forde and Domenic Perre will find out exactly how hard it is to walk one mile in a pair of high heels this Friday (May 8). 

Along with their female colleagues, the blokes from the Harcourts South Coast office are taking part in the annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event.

The campaign surrounding violence against women is aimed at creating awareness about domestic violence and raising funds for White Ribbon Australia.

White Ribbon is Australia’s national male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women.

Harcourts South Coast’s Andrea Lind said the campaign encourages male leadership in the issue.

Andrea will walk in memory of her cousin Katrina Coker, known as Kate, who was killed by her partner in 2013.

“It really is an important cause,” Andrea said.

“With the statistics so high you can only imagine how many people have been affected by the issue in some way.”

The walk this Friday is part of a national Harcourts movement aiming to raise $100,000 for the White Ribbon foundation. 

The one mile walk starts at 11.30am, from Frome Road. Participants will make their way along the River Torrens, to the Elder Park Rotunda for a finish at noon.

A strong turnout is expected - men and women, all wearing a pair of heels, and walking in them for the cause. 

Mark said while it was certain to attract plenty of sideways glances when the men ventured out in their heels, and that was the point.

“It means we can talk to people about it and raise awareness,’’ he said.

“One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of someone known to them.”

The foundation says in Australia an average of one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner.

Andrea said she hopes the exposure will drive change to prevent this violence and calls on everyone to become a part of this movement.

“Unfortunately, it’s something that’s not talked about often, and that’s why we’re trying to create awareness,” Andrea said.

All proceeds raised through the campaign will be donated to White Ribbon’s Break the Silence program.

To join the walk or make a donation visit www.mycause.com.au/page/90221/harcourtssouthcoast or contact the Harcourts office on 8552 5744.

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au