COPE Galway has announced that Dunnes Stores, Ireland’s largest Irish owned retailer, has joined its Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign. Dunnes Stores is sponsoring the high heel shoes that will be supplied to participants on the day. Walk a Mile in her Shoes takes place on Saturday September 24 at 2pm. The walk will commence in Eyre Square and participants will walk down Shop Street as far as Cross Street, then up Quay Street and back to the Square with one loop around Eyre Square to the finish. The walk is open to men and women and their families.
All funds raised from this event will be used in Waterside House, the refuge for women and children experiencing domestic violence. In the past 12 months the refuge accommodated 142 women and their 169 children. In the same period the refuge was unable to accommodate 262 women and their 486 children and these people were offered referral to other refuges.
Fintan Maher of COPE Galway said, “I want to thank Dunnes Stores for agreeing to sponsor the shoes as it means that all the money raised from the walk will go to support our work with women and children experiencing domestic violence. I also want to thank our media partners Galway Bay FM and the Galway Advertiser for all their support. We want to get as many people as possible to participate to help raise the issue of domestic violence. This is our first time doing this campaign and we are hoping to work with other domestic violence refuges around the country to make this a national campaign next year”.
People need to register in advance and they will be sent a registration pack including sponsorship forms. All participants are asked to raise as much money as they can through sponsorship. To register for “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” please contact Pamela on 091 778750, email [email protected] or log onto www.copegalway.ie