Harcourts Victoria walked a different path last Friday as they joined forces with White Ribbon Australia to make a stand against violence at the inaugural Walk a Mile in Their Shoes march.
Over 250 people, both men and women, donned a pair of high heels and walked a mile along the Southbank Spillway to Melbourne’s City Square. The driving force behind the campaign was CEO of Harcourts Victoria, Sadhana Smiles, who is one of only a handful of female CEOs in Australia’s property industry.
“When we started on this journey, our goal was simple, as one team, in one voice, to make a stand that violence of any type towards anyone is simply not ok. We have achieved that,” said Sadhana.
It was Sadhana’s passion for making a difference that lead to this worthwhile partnership with White Ribbon Australia, which helped to raise over $30,000 for the cause.
“Violence exists in our homes, workplaces, communities and schools – our objective is to raise awareness of the underlying determinants of violence. Although there was a humorous side to Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, the intention was to encourage people to think more seriously about the everyday reality faced by many in our community,” Sadhana said.
“The walk was an incredible success and we were able to raise so much money for this very worthy cause. This is a positive step in the right direction,” Sadhana said.
With former Melbourne Demons AFL star, Places We Go television host and documentary filmmaker, Clint Bizzell as the national ambassador for Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, Harcourts Victoria has paved the way for change.
No stranger to a challenge, Clint has produced several documentaries, including his most recent, Taking the Tackle – a documentary where he led a team working with the AFL and the State Government, addressing the issue of respect for women.
“As men are often the main perpetrators of violence, I am proud to be taking a stand to stop violence in its tracks. It is up to men to speak up and step in when they witness violence against women, and it is up to men to condemn the indefensible actions of the few and assert the will of the many.”
Former Sydney Swans player, Luke Ablett and former Hawthorn player, Luke Brennan also donned high heels and joined the team, amongst others.
White Ribbon Australia and Harcourts Victoria will be accepting donations for Walk A Mile in Their Shoes until the 27th of May.
Donations can be made by visiting http://www.mycause.com.au/events/walkamileintheirshoes.
For further information, please visit http://www.victoria.harcourts.com.au.