Heel up and walk a mile with Harcourts

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The Harcourts Foundation Walk a Mile in their Shoes fundraiser. Harcourts Hobart staff show off some of the footwear they will be wearing on the day. From left, Ian Strutton, Amanda Brooks, Mark Roberts, Alexandra Hill, Ben Vance, Ruby Warburton, Colin Miller and Phil King. Picture: ROGER LOVELL

IT will be high heels for blokes and Blunnies for the ladies when the team from Harcourts Hobart hits the fundraising streets tomorrow.

Nationwide Harcourts staff will be raising awareness and funds — supporting White Ribbon Australia’s work to end violence against women — in its annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event. Funds will support the charity’s Breaking the Silence initiatives in schools.

In Hobart, Harcourts staff from across the state will be joined by school groups, businesses, aldermen, friends and family in the walk from Elizabeth Street Mall to Salamanca Square.

Harcourts Tasmania chief executive Tony Morrison said the goal of the event was to help break the silence around violence.

“Violence against women is at epic proportions,” he said.

“Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence.”

Harcourts Hobart auctioneer Ben Vance said they were hoping to make the event bigger this year with the addition of their Launceston team alongside school and business groups.

“It is our third year ‘walking a mile’,” he said.

“It is always a bit of fun and an important opportunity to raise funds, awareness and to contribute to our community.”

The event will start at 12.30pm with participants encouraged to come together from noon — just look out for the Taiko Drummers.

White Ribbon ambassador Alderman Damon Thomas will accept a giant cheque at the completion of the walk.

To register or donate visit mycause.com.au and search for the event Walk a Mile in Their Shoes. The cost to participate is $25 per person with all proceeds to be donated to White Ribbon.

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