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Vancouver: Men, women, and children take positive action to empower women and girls held back by inequality by walking 10,000 steps together

(Vancouver)—More than 500 men, women, and children will gather Sunday, a few days before International Women’s Day, in support of empowering women and girls locally and around the world.

They will be walking as part of CARE Canada’s sixth annual Walk In Her Shoes Challenge, which kicks off from Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village on Sunday, March 4.

Participants will walk 10,000 steps, approximately seven kilometres, to symbolize the average distance too many women and girls in developing countries must walk for basic necessities, such as food and water. This leaves little time for advancement, like going to school or earning a living. CARE Canada places a special focus on women and girls because we believe we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. When we lift one woman out of poverty, she brings four people with her and economies grow.

“I am truly inspired by what a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers, with CARE’s support, can do to effect lasting change in the world. The event celebrates how we can all work together to break the cycle of poverty and inequality—here and around the world,” says Barbara Ross-Denroche, chair of the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada and executive chair of the Refinery Leadership Partners.

CARE Canada’s Walk In Her Shoes has blossomed from six committed women walking together in 2012 to a fun-filled Vancouver event attracting more than 500 individuals who believe we can make a difference and break the cycle of poverty. It’s an indoor/outdoor event with something for everyone, photo booth, silent auction, kids’ activity and education centre, vendor marketplace, live music, refreshments, door prizes, Water CAREying Challenge, and the 10,000-step walk. Participants are invited to dress in orange and celebrate the day (watch video of 2017 event).

A dedicated team of educators and volunteers is working to raise awareness through Metro Vancouver schools and more than 1,500 students of all ages are expected to participate at their schools or at the March 4 event. Additionally, CARE has extended a warm invitation to other Metro Vancouver networks to walk in solidarity. Other walks will take place across Canada, the UK, Africa, Australia, and the USA.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will attend CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes as a distinguished guest and supporter of this deserving cause.

“I have witnessed the positive effects of CARE’s work around the world. It’s a pleasure to be involved in this meaningful event in support of offering women and girls equal opportunities,” said the Lieutenant Governor.

The event is being co-organized by CARE and approximately 70 local volunteers from the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada. Funds raised in Vancouver this year will support efforts to fight malnutrition in Malawi through CARE’s Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies project.

What A 10,000-step walk called Walk In Her Shoes
Who Everyone is invited to support women and girls—more than 500 community members, supporters, and volunteers
When Sunday, March 4. Event starts at 8:30am, ceremony and warm-up at 9:30am, walk kicks off at 10:00am
Where Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver and walking along False Creek Seawall to George Wainborn Park and back
Why 10,000 steps is the distance most women and girls in developing countries must walk every day to fetch necessities, like water and food. This leaves little or no time for advancement, like going to school or earning a living. Walk In Her Shoes supports CARE’s efforts to fight poverty and empower girls and women around the world.
The Event Participants are invited to enjoy photo booth, silent auction, kids’ activity and education centre, vendor marketplace, live music, refreshments, door prizes, waterCAREying, and a 10,000-step group walk
To Join the Walk Register online at care.ca/vancouverwalks and/or come to the Creekside Community Centre, Olympic Village on March 4, 8:30am to 12pm (walk kick-off 9:30am)—wear ORANGE!
VIP Guests The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Dr Martha Piper, OC OBC, former President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC and co-founder of the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada

Cecilia Mkondiwa, Senior Director at the Women’s Enterprise Centre and a member of the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada

Students from across the Lower Mainland involved in the Vancouver Council for CARE Canada’s Awareness and Education Initiative

Mira Laurence, Morning Show co-host, Rogers Sportsnet

To Donate To learn more or register, visit walkinherhsoes.ca
Photo/video opportunities An estimated 500 enthusiastic Vancouver residents are expected and will be wearing orange in support of CARE
Social Media Twitter, Facebook, #WalkInHerShoes, #VancouverWalks

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Student leaders, local volunteers and CARE spokespeople are available to discuss this event. Media are also encouraged to attend. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Christine Parsons
Manager, Regional Development | CARE Canada
604 369 4954 | christine.parsons@care.ca

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
613-228-5641 | darcy.knoll@care.ca

About CARE Canada

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE began delivering vital disaster relief and humanitarian aid, much of it in the globally recognized form of CARE Packages. CARE has remained a leader in disaster response for more than 70 years while building expertise in international development programming to deliver lasting change worldwide. In 2016, CARE worked in 94 countries, reaching more than 80 million people based on need alone. Today, CARE Canada focuses on food and nutrition, humanitarian relief, economic empowerment, and maternal and child health, all with a special emphasis on women and girls. To learn more, visit care.ca or follow @carecaanda on Twitter.

About Vancouver Council for CARE Canada

Councils for CARECanada are formed by like-minded women who come together in cities across Canada to raise awareness and funds for CARE’s work in over 90 countries—breaking the cycle of poverty. By engaging their respective networks of friends and colleagues, these passionate women inspire others in their communities to help CARE empower women and girls. The Vancouver Council for CARE Canada was established in 2011 by Dr Martha Piper and Laura Edwards. It is currently chaired by Barbara Ross-Denroche and co-chaired by Kelsey Dunwoodie.