Walk A Mile – A Success

By 1JustCity Citizen
October 6, 2018

Dozens of Winnipeggers (see one of 7 groups above) woke up early this past Saturday to participate in West Broadway Community Services’ fundraiser— “Walk A Mile in My Shoes”.

 

This event invite you to Walk a Mile not in the literal shoes of someone else, but along their daily routes, building an understanding of their daily struggles.

 

The area of West Broadway and Spence are amongst Winnipeg’s oldest and most economically diverse neighbourhoods. Close to downtown , car-free lifestyle housing attracts the young professional with a variety of restaurants, salons, service providers and store fronts. Through participating in “Walk A Mile” guests were able to gather a sense of what the life of someone living with homelessness in these neighbourhoods would look like.

 

Imagine it with me:

 

Suddenly, your feet become your only way around, your nearest bank is the Cash Money on the corner of Sherbrook and Portage, your rent is inflating due to the gentrification of the neighbourhood and you rely on the simple breakfast from Agape Table and lunch from West Broadway Community Services. You walk all night to avoid falling asleep in the cold, and catch a nap on the plarned mats at West Broadway’s drop in.

 

What would you do if you had to leave your neighbourhood—your home?

 

 

Just over half of Spence residents are considered low-income in comparison to 16.6% average for the city of Winnipeg. That’s why the work you’re making possible in this are through 1JustCity is so important! You’re being there for these people in their daily struggle!

 

This initiative gives many thanks to its dedicated volunteers, members of the West Broadway Community Centre, it’s director, Lynda Trono, executive assistant, Ray, and the many Winnipegger’s who participated in the mile walk to raise funding so West Broadway can share that generosity with their community and its residents.

 

1JustCity would like to give special thanks to it’s In-Kind Sponsors Starbucks Coffee, Gunn’s Bakery, Johnny Sticky Buns, and Save on Foods for the food donated, and KQP and the Viscount Gort Hotel for their generous sponsorship who helped make this event possible.

 

You might not have walked a mile in someone else’s shoes with us but you can still make their mile walk better! Consider becoming a monthly donor at http://1justcity.ca/donate/ just $14 a month will help drastically change someone’s life!

 




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