Men to walk mile in her shoes

ALBANY -- Lily Pad, the sexual assault and children's advocacy center in Dougherty County, has kicked off preliminary work on its fundraiser of the year, "Walk a Mile in her Shoes," which will be held March 27 at the Deerfield Windsor Upper School campus.

Caitlyn Cooper, chief development officer for the Lily Pad, says the event is a "men's march to stop violence and bring awareness to the community on sexual assault, gender violence, and rape."

"This event is a great way for us to raise awareness in our community about the women and children we serve," she said, "as well raise much-needed funds for the Center."

The event will showcase men around the city of Albany and "75 good men are needed to participate," says Cooper.

This event will be the first to be in held in Albany, but has been hosted in 25 other counties.

Cooper says "each participant will look to raise $1,000 each," and will walk one mile around the track in red 4-inch heel shoes.

"It won't be easy," Cooper said, but she guaranteed that participants would have fun and educate the community at the same time on a subject that is difficult to talk about.

The public is welcome to attend the event. For more information, contact Cooper at (229) 291-1700 or (229) 435-0074.