FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – The Fairfield community came together on Saturday to support abused women and children for the 10th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign at Sacred Heart University.

The event raises funds for the Center for Family Justice, which provides programs and services for victims of sexual abuse and other violence. While the campaign has taken place every year since 2012, the in-person walkathon has been postponed for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SHU’s Executive Director of Public Safety and Government Affairs, Gary MacNamara, has presided over the event since its inception and walks the entire course in bright red heels.

“I am happy to be part of the 10 year/10 mile club,” MacNamara said in a press release. “I’m even happier with what our 10th year means. We’ve had 10 years and thousands of people, not only supporting efforts to prevent sexual violence, but also walking hand in hand each year, with every step showing the community their support. In this case, the change happens one step at a time – in heels or not.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was among those present.

“People care about domestic violence,” said Senator Blumenthal. “They want to stop the kinds of beatings and abuse that are happening literally everywhere, every day. And the fight against domestic violence — I will tell my colleagues — is your fight.

This year’s walk will benefit Elizabeth M. Pfriem Camp HOPE America-Bridgeport and its related Pathways to HOPE programs.

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