Last year’s Walk a Mile Muskoka event was the most successful to date, with
over 100 men walking to support the end of domestic violence. This year’s event is shaping up to be even more successful. Walk a Mile Muskoka will take place on Sunday, May 26 at the Bracebridge Rotary Centre. The goal is to raise $27,000 and to challenge more community groups to participate. If you’re involved in a membership-based club, an athletics team, a professional organization or a local business, YWCA Muskoka is officially challenging your team to walk in support of women in Muskoka.
Research shows that women in rural communities may be at increased risk and experience greater impacts of domestic violence. YWCA Muskoka, a local non-profit organization that champions positive change for women and girls, says that when it comes to preventing violence, reaching children and youth early is key. Funds raised through the Walk a Mile event will allow YWCA Muskoka to continue providing
school-based programs that reach children and youth during their most formative
years—beginning in grade 5 for both males and females—to address issues that link directly to violence prevention.
“Our goal is to help youth in Muskoka set healthy boundaries when it comes to interacting with each other in the role of friend, family or romantic partners,” said Stacey Schat, Youth Programs Coordinator at YWCA Muskoka. “We start a dialogue about healthy relationships, positive coping skills and stress management and ways to increase their self-esteem. We hope that they see their value as human beings, value and respect others and set goals for their life.”
In addition to youth programs, Walk a Mile Muskoka supports the YWCA’s December 6 Fund—an interest-free loan program that helped 46 women escape domestic violence over the past six years.
Walk a Mile Muskoka is a fun and family-friendly event. Walkers are encouraged to bring their entire families, including the kids. No registration fee is required. Participants may register as an individual, join an existing team or create their own team. All ages are welcome and inter-generational teams are encouraged. Register to walk at www.walkamilemuskoka.ca