Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2013

by Katherine Bortz '15 | Sep 12, 2013

DeSales University PACERs during the 2012 Walk a Mile in Her ShoesPACERS (from left) Kevin Ragan, Kristen Taormina, Kathy Griffin, Lindsey Wyglendowski, Emilee Rutherford, and Gui Lopes participate in the 2012 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

The philanthropic traditions of the DeSales community continue to be upheld year after year. On September 18 at 4:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center (DUC), one of the first events on campus of the 2013-14 year that truly highlights our character will be held. PACE (Peers Advising Counseling Educating), alongside Turning Point, Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley and SAFE Nurses, are hoping to raise awareness about domestic and sexual abuse.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes gets both men and women throughout the Lehigh Valley to publicly show their support for victims and the organizations that can help them by marching around the DeSales campus in women’s shoes. The funds raised at the event will help the three organizations continue to provide free services to those who need it most.

“The event has gotten a really positive reaction in the past," says junior PACEr Lindsey Wyglendowski. “It lets the community and students learn about these great organizations and they have so much fun walking around with everyone in the shoes." 

The event kicks off with a series of skits titled “If These Walls Could Talk.” Here, PACErs will have the opportunity to depict some of the situations that the local organizations deal with on a daily basis.

"The skits remind people about the heavier topic behind silly act of walking around in women's shoes," says Wyglendowski.

After a short prayer, participants will begin their walk at the DUC and proceed to the McShea Student Center. Once they reach that side of campus, they will loop back around and head towards the DUC.

The price to participate in this event is $5 for students and $7 for faculty and members of the community. If you cannot attend the event, donations are being accepted. Registration will be held throughout this week at the DUC during lunch and dinner hours. You may also sign up at the event beginning at 4 p.m.

“It’s such a great cause and I hope to see a lot of people this year,” says Wyglendowski. “We have plenty of extra shoes in lots of sizes, so make sure to stop by!”

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