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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes with The Walkie Talkies

In this guest post, one of our most successful team captains shares her experience building a team for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Katherine Yon spends her 9-5 promoting Columbia at a local nonprofit and her 5-9 as a super-blogger. Katherine's team - The Walkie Talkies - has raised more than $1,000 for STSM through Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. To donate to the Walkie Talkies or to start your own team, click here.

Full disclosure: the real reason I have a team in this year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is because my fabulous friend works her butt off for STSM on the daily. It’s so much more than just her job and I was thrilled to try and help support.

Sexual trauma support & recovery isn’t necessarily the most glamorous cause. It can be awkward and it can be uncomfortable, but this is in part what makes it so very important. Victims don’t always have a voice so it’s up to us to speak out.

To say we were floored by the response our team {The Walkie Talkies} got is an understatement.

My fellow co-captain & I set an initial goal of $500. That’s a lot of money, but I believed we could get it done. The first few weeks were very slow going. We hadn’t had much luck recruiting team members and it felt like our fundraising efforts had hit a plateau.

We started to get a bit more aggressive with our social media efforts and within just a few days we had exceeded our initial goal and were within reach of doubling it. The Walkie Talkies received donations from friends, family, former coworkers, former high school/college classmates, and even strangers.  Every response has been filled with cheers, gratitude, passion, and sympathy. Donations ranged in amounts from $5 to $150 and brought us to our current total of $1,061!

The Walkie Talkies clearly have the greatest donors ever and we are pretty stoked to contribute so much to STSM. There is a community need for what they do. There is community support for what they do. There is a community appreciation for that they do. 

Now walk it out!