Sigma Pi holds ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’ fundraiser

Justin Ganzak runs laps in high heels. Vanguard Photographer | Anna Alexander

On Oct. 5-6 from noon to 4 p.m., Sigma Pi hosted an event to spread awareness for sexual assault victims: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.

Alexander Schultz, second-year rehabilitation medicine major and philanthropy chair of Sigma Pi, explained more about the event:

“We feel, as a fraternity, we may not necessarily know how this affects us as men particularly. We know that it’s more of an issue with women,” she said. “We want to raise money because we have a bunch of friends that may have gone through stuff like this, or some friends that might know someone who went through stuff like this.”

Sigma Pi walked laps around the President’s Courtyard-in heels. Some of them even attempted to run while wearing heels.

“The heels are supposed to signify them walking in other people’s shoes,” Schultz said.

Austin Barrett, fifth-year computer information major and Sigma Pi brother, shared his experience with the event:

“It makes me feel good [to be a part of this event] because I know it’s for a good cause… we’re actually raising awareness for things going on in the world.”

Participants could pay at a table in the courtyard for a Sigma Pi brother to walk laps in heels. One lap cost $3 and two laps cost $5.

“We’re trying to raise awareness for sexual assault,” Barrett said. “We noticed a big problem going on, not just right now, but all around the world. We are trying to bring awareness in a fun way.”

The money raised went to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), which is an anti-sexual violence organization.

“It makes me feel really happy to be a part of this event because we raised a lot of money, and we’re really happy with the generous donations we got from people,” Schultz said. “We are trying to make as much of a difference as we can.”

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