Safer charity’s ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ raises funds and awareness of domestic abuse in Guernsey

November 24th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Some of the Safer "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" participants at Salerie Corner on a cold November afternoon (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some of the Safer Walk a mile in her shoes men at Salerie Corner on a cold November afternoon (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Safer, the Guernsey domestic abuse charity, organised Guernsey’s ‘Walk a mile in her shoes‘ event beginning at Salerie Corner on the afternoon of 23 November 2013.

About forty men, most of them in high heels and some in dresses, braved the chilly north-easterly wind to walk a mile to raise money for the charity.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international event that takes place as part of the White Ribbon Campaign that works to end all forms of male violence against women.

Some of the men wore complete ladies outfits to raise money for, and raise awarenss of, a very worthwhile Guernsey charity (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some of the men wore complete ladies outfits to raise money for, and raise awareness of, a very worthwhile Guernsey charity (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Amongst the walkers were Deputies Elis Bebb, Barry Brehaut, John Gollop, Scott Ogier, Lester Queripel, and Gavin St Pier who took part in the walk along the St Peter Port waterfront to the Guernsey Yacht Club on Castle Emplacement.

Safer walkers wore white ribbons to show their support for the domestic abuse charity (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Safer walkers wore white ribbons to show their support for the domestic abuse charity (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Dr Maggie Costen, Chair of Safer, spoke to the assembled supporters.

She said “this is the first time in Guernsey that Safer, the domestic violence forum, has hosted a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.

Maggie Costen, Chair of Safer, addressing the walkers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Maggie Costen, Chair of Safer, addressing the walkers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” was begun by some men in California in the 1980s.

By 2009, men in 29 countries were celebrating the event,” she said.

“Today is a fun challenge with a serious motive.”

“Domestic violence is not just a female issue.”

“You as men abhor violence and want to stop it,” she said.

Safer Walk a Mile in Her Shoes participants at Salerie Corner (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Safer Walk a Mile in Her Shoes participants at Salerie Corner (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Maggie Costen said that Safer workers helped 140 victims of domestic violence in Guernsey this year.

Dancing to warm up before the walk (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Dancing to warm up before the walk (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Nicky, Ross, and Cathy warned up the walkers with a dance to music that they led with great enthusiasm.

Deputy Barry Brehaut in the yellow wig warms up for the 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Barry Brehaut in the yellow wig warms up for the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Deputy Barry Brehaut of Trevor Kelham of Male Uprising Guernsey both wore complete ladies outfits.

Trevor Kelham dances for a good cause (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Trevor Kelham dances for a good cause (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Shaun Gourley said “the event is not just about raising money but about raising awareness of the issue of domestic violence in Guernsey.”

Shaun Gourley addresses the walkers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Shaun Gourley addresses the walkers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“I got involved with the charity about eight or nine months ago,” he said.

“It is truly horrifying to see the figures for domestic violence in Guernsey.”

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Minister for Treasury and Resources, raised money for Safer (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Minister for Treasury and Resources, raised money for Safer (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

As the high heeled walkers proceeded down Glategny Esplanade, car drivers pulled over to make donations.

The walkers raise money for Safer from passing motorists (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The walkers raise money for Safer from passing motorists (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Deputy Barry Brehaut reported receiving into a bucket £60 in donations to Safer during the walk.

Raising money in high heels (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Raising money for Safer, the Guernsey domestic abuse charity, in high heels (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ was a family affair with mothers and wives and children supporting their husbands who hobbled along the waterfront in their high-heels.

The Hancock family support Safer (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Hancock family support Safer (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

White Ribbon campaign supporters (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

White Ribbon campaign supporters (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The walk ended at the Guernsey Yacht Club where the Ukuladeez were playing their delightful music as the Safer supporters went inside for refreshments.

The Ukuladeez greeted the walkers at the Guernsey Yacht Club (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Ukuladeez greeted the walkers at the Guernsey Yacht Club (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Deputy John Gollop walked from Salerie Corner to the Guernsey Yacht Club in high heeled red shoes.

Deputy John Gollop finishes the one mile walk in fetching high heeled red shoes (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy John Gollop finishes the one mile walk in fetching high heeled red shoes (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Andrea Nightingale, a friend of Fiona Richmond, domestic abuse strategy coordinator for the States of Guernsey, baked a special cake for Safer’s ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ awareness and fund raising event.

Andrea Nightingale baked the 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Cake' for the coffee, tea and cakes that greeted the walkers at the Guernsey Yacht Club (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Andrea Nightingale baked the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Cake’ for the coffee, tea and cakes that greeted the walkers at the Guernsey Yacht Club (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Safer’s fund-raising event highlighted the serious problem of domestic abuse in Guernsey.

The Safer banner - what it is all about (click image to expand)

Safer supports victims of domestic abuse in Guernsey (click image to expand)

 

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