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If any of you men out there have never tried on a pair of womens shoes, your chance is here, as Newry man Eamon Murphy has organised a unique event to raise funds for Women’s Aid Armagh/Down!

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,on Saturday 10 March at 10am will see hundreds of men walking from the new Newry Leisure Centre to Newry Women’s Aid office.

It’s hoped that many will don ‘heels but other womens footwear is just as appropriate. and Eamon is hoping to get as many men as possible involved in the short walk to highlight the issue of domestic violence and abuse towards women.

Eamon Murphy and Colm 'Bootsy' Fearon get a bit of a helping hand from Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Eileen Murphy, Women's Aid Armagh and Down when they tried to get some practice in for
Eamon Murphy and Colm 'Bootsy' Fearon get a bit of a helping hand from Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Eileen Murphy, Women's Aid Armagh and Down when they tried to get some practice in for "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" on 10 March. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ www.newry.ie

Colm ‘Bootsy’ Fearon is one of those looking forward to the day “I’m doing a bit of practising, especially at home at the weekends there, walking around the kitchen trying to get used to six inch heels, maybe on the day I might go to eight inch!”

Organiser Eamon said “We need as many men as possible to join the White Ribbon campaign, males against domestic violence. We need you to pick out a pair of ladies shoes, sign up, donate at least £20 on the day and we’ll walk a mile from Newry Sports Centre over to Women’s Aid on the Downshire Road.

"The white ribbon campaign allows men to show their support for Women's Aid and against domestic violence of all kinds. The key to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and the serious side to this is, we really really need to get men out there doing this. You seen us walking today in high heel shoes, you don't necessarily need a pair of high heel shoes. If you're afraid of hurting yourself, you can walk in a pair of ladies shoes, sandals, gutties, a pair of slippers. Just be out there, we need men out there showing our support for Women's Aid and their stance against domestic violence and abuse towards women." 

You can find out more on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com

It’s part of a fiftieth Birthday challenge for Eamon which will see him running the Comrades Marathon in South Africa in June and raising funds along the way.

Eileen Murphy. CEO of Women's Aid added "This is a fantastic event for Women's Aid, Newry, Armagh and Down. We really appreciate Eamon Murphy and all his work. It's so important to give a mens perspective on whats seen as a women's issue, but without decent good men behind us, supporting us and actually fundraising for us, we can't do it on our own.

"It's such a wonderful event and it will give us resources to help children and young people of women who are victims of violence and abuse 24/7."

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