Hawai'i Community College was well represented at the YWCA Hawai'i Island sixth annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” event on Saturday, October 22.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jason Cifra won first place for shoe design and third place for money raised.
“While it was fun, folks also took the subject seriously," Cifra said. "It was great to see businesses, students, and the community come together to raise monies to help assist women and families. The route was through downtown Hilo, and many men were impressive in their commitment to walk a mile in heels! While my feet were ‘buss up’ from my heels, I would do it again next year and challenge others to come and give or walk.”
The goal of the annual event is to raise $25,000 for the YWCA Hawai‘i Island Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) program, the only 24-hour, 7-days a week rape crisis center for the island. SASS services are free and include crisis counseling, therapy for assault survivors and their families, forensic evidence collection, and violence prevention education for schools and the community
“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so ‘Walk A Mile’ is a chance for men in our community to literally walk a mile in women’s shoes," said Kathleen McGilvray, CEO of YWCA Hawai‘i Island. “It’s also an opportunity to call for an end to sex assault, rape and gender violence in our community. Every dollar raised will be used to help survivors address and move through the trauma of sex assault.”