Cindy Yang, resource development coordinator for the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre, drops the puck before the Bonnyville Pontiacs vs. Drumheller Dragons hockey game on Saturday night as part of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
The third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Bonnyville was another success.
The initiative raised $4638.50, which saw local firefighters, police officers, and politicians strap on red high heels and walk around the RJ Lalonde asking for pledges during Saturday’s Bonnyville Pontiacs and Drumheller Dragons game.
The money goes to the services Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre provides in situations of domestic and family violence.
“This event helps us so much in engaging in conversation and marketing our programs and services to the community,” said Cindy Yang, resource development coordinator, for the DMSCC.
BRFA deputy fire chief Dan Heney earned the Walk a Mile trophy for fundraising the most of any walker.
Pontiacs head coach and general manager Rick Swan was glad the hockey team was involved in the event once again.
It’s something that he’s passionate about having been a police officer for 26 years.
“I think that today really recognizes much-needed awareness. to put ourselves in a female’s shoes and have the understanding that we all need to stand up. It’s everybody’s responsibility to make sure we’re apart of the solution of making sure domestic violence and violence against women, sexual assault, is stopped,” he said.
Of the fundraising total, $890 went to the Bonnyville Pontiacs.