Harcourts WA chief executive to don heels for Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

L-R Brian Lynn & Mark Hales (Harcourts City Cental), Harcourts CEO Paul Blakeley, Phil Calpakdjian (Harcourts Kalamunda) and Prak Sangthong (Harcourts Integrity). A handful of Harcourts men will wear high heels for Walk A Mile In Their Shoes - to stand against domestic violence. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d473123
L-R Brian Lynn & Mark Hales (Harcourts City Cental), Harcourts CEO Paul Blakeley, Phil Calpakdjian (Harcourts Kalamunda) and Prak Sangthong (Harcourts Integrity). A handful of Harcourts men will wear high heels for Walk A Mile In Their Shoes - to stand against domestic violence. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d473123

HARCOURTS WA chief executive Paul Blakely will be stepping out for Walk A Mile in Their Shoes tomorrow with a fresh new pair of heels.

Mr Blakely, who has participated in the fundraising event since it came to WA three years ago, has retired his footwear from the last two events.

“I have discarded that pair, they were a tad too big; I got the girls in the office to go online and find me a new pair,” he said.

“I think I get better at walking in heels every year, but before each event I do practice up and down the hallways in the office.”

He said the cobblestones at Elizabeth Quay would create challenge.

Mr Blakeley said participants had so far recorded zero high heel-related injuries.

Harcourts staff, family, friends and supporters at eight locations across Australia will walk in heels in solidarity and bring attention to violence against women.

Money raised will support White Ribbon’s Breaking the Silence prevention initiatives in primary and secondary schools.

More than 800 people participated last year and raised more than $118,000.

Tomorrow’s walk kicks off at 11am at around Barrack Square Arbour.

Register for $25 at https://www.mycause.com.au/events/walkamileintheirshoes

If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support.

In an emergency, call the police on 000.

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