Gillian’s Place asked everyone, not just men, to Walk-A-Mile Covid Style and on Saturday, October 17, 2020, everyone did, more than doubling their $50, 000 goal.
“This was Niagara’s march to end violence against women,” a Gillian’s Place press release said. “Thanks to the support from all of the walkers, donors and sponsors, Gillian’s Place doubled their goal with a total of $103,765.20 raised.”
The Golden Shoe Award for the Highest Pledged Individual for the 2nd year in a row went to Gabriel DeSantis who raised $40,000.
“Like so many organizations around the world Gillian’s Place is facing unprecedented challenges due to theCOVID-19 Pandemic. They had to adapt their largest fundraiser and as a result, Walk a Mile – COVID Style was created,” the press release said. “This was their 15th annual Walk a Mile in HER Shoes event and they had an original goal of $135,000. After adapting the fundraiser to conform to COVID-19 restrictions and ensure the safety of all participants, they set a new goal of $50,000. This event has proved that Gillian’s Place was able to adapt and persevere over the challenges COVID-19 has created.”
Gillian’s Place heavily relies on the generosity and support of like-minded individuals.
“Thank you to the 111 registered participants and their families/social bubbles that took part in the neighbourhood march,” the press release said. “They went above and beyond showing that you take a stand against the societal restrictions placed on women and specifically the issue of violence against women and children. It shows that our community is willing to stand together in making the world a safer place for women.”