Register to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’

Prevention of domestic abuse focus of effort

A Columbus East High School senior is organizing a fundraiser to benefit the cause of domestic violence awareness in Columbus.

East senior Kayla Gastineau will host the third annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event Sept. 10 to raise money for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.

Gastineau said she has been involved in the annual Dance Marathon, which also benefits Turning Point, and that experience inspired her to step up and lead the Walk a Mile event next month.

During Walk a Mile in her Shoes, participants will walk a one-mile course to raise awareness of domestic violence. All walkers — both male and female — will be encouraged to walk in high heels, but doing so is not required.

The event will begin and end at the Columbus Learning Center at 10 a.m., with registration opening at 8:30 a.m.

As of Tuesday, Gastineau said 26 people had registered for the event, which is about the same number of participants as last year. However, her goal is to have 50 participants registered so that she reach her fundraising goal of $3,500.

The existing registrants and local business sponsors have enabled Gastineau to raise $2,000 so far, she said.

All proceeds will go toward Turning Point, where Gastineau said she expects the money will be used to purchase supplies for the non-profit’s shelter.

Walkers who pre-register by Friday will pay $30 and will be guaranteed a T-shirt. After Friday, registration will cost $35 and T-shirts will not be guaranteed.

How to register

To register for the Sept. 10 Walk a Mile in her Shoes event:

  1. Visit cbuswalkamile.eventbrite.com
  2. Select the “Tickets” button to pay for registration and order a T-shirt
  3. Print off and fill out the Release and Waiver of Liability and pledge forms, and turn in the forms on the day of the event

Registration will also be available on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.