As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, AWARE held its second annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" 5K run and 1-mile walk in late October. Despite the fresh snow cover, many excited runners and high-heeled walkers turned out for the event. Participants raised funds for AWARE programs and services, and also pledged not to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.
AWARE would like to thank those who came out for the event and applaud the bravery of their pledge to stand up against domestic violence. The event was carried by their overwhelming support and enthusiasm. Additionally, all funds raised from registration fees will support AWARE's violence prevention and support programs.
AWARE would also like to recognize the many donations from the community that contributed to the great success of the event. At the race, we were able to provide our runners and walkers with hot coffee from Heritage Coffee Co., fruit and water from both Fred Meyer and Super Bear Supermarket, and a cozy fire from John Forrest's generous wood donation. Additional donations from Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Rainbow Foods, Pavitt's Health and Fitness, Rainforest Yoga, Taproot Yoga, The Rock Dump and The Canvas Community Art Studio allowed us to award prizes to top finishers. Lastly, AWARE would like to thank the Juneau Empire for its continued support and assistance in bringing awareness and publicity to such events.
AWARE depends upon a coordinated community response to domestic violence to serve those in need. With the help of local individual and business supporters, we can move toward an environment free of interpersonal violence. Thank you again to all of those who aid us in such a response.
Executive director, AWARE