The sound of red heels pounding off the pavement on Wednesday, May 30th could be heard across the valley as the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes fundraiser took place.

Men from across the area dawned the stilettos to raise awareness on sexual assault and gender violence. Participants took pledges leading up to the event and raised over $9,000 for the Big Country Anti Violence Association, who provide help to victims of violence and sexual assault.

"These guys are amazing. They are the fastest group so far. It was a really good turnout," said Judy Nelson of Big Country Anti Violence Association. "We were really pleased. Some couldn't make it but they brought what donations they could. This event gives us a little extra help. It's amazing and it is so good to see the community support it. They do us proud."

While the event raises money for a very serious cause, the men participating were full of giggles and smiles as they stepped into their shoes. Participants strutted their stuff from the Co-op Gas Bar to Frieson Brothers, where they were rewarded with a free barbeque.

"Its a wonderful way to raise awareness and for men to step up and speak out against violence against women. It was definitely challenging and my feet are sore," said Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles. "But it is all for a good cause. I sit on the committee as well, and it's great to see a great turn out like this, all the supporters and volunteers who put on those shoes.

The Big Country Anti-Violence Association has seen community participation increase every year the event has been held.

"It was nice to see such a good turn out here," said participant, Jamie Worman. "There was lots of guys supporting a great cause. A community like Drumheller always gets together and rallies around stuff like this."

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is held every two years, and each one proves to be more successful, and entertaining then the last.

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