DASAS to host virtual ‘Walk a Mile’ challenge

THREE RIVERS — A new virtual challenge will support survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services will host a three-week virtual fundraiser in place of its regularly-scheduled in-person “Walk a Mile” event for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DASAS has turned the Three Rivers event into a virtual challenge where participants take part wherever they are.

To participate, register online at dasasmi.networkforgood.com/events/22075-700-walk-a-mile-challenge.

The challenge can be completed from Aug. 1 to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 22 by walking a mile or more and posting a photo on social media using the hastag #DASASWalkaMil, tagging DASAS or sending the photo to info@dasasmi.org. Participants who pledge to walk three or more miles will be mailed an event T-shirt.

DASAS has a goal of reaching more than 700 miles walked, and all proceeds will go toward DASAS programs.

“While our excitement for our upcoming event is high, we know we have a commitment to our community’s health and safety,” said Interim Executive Director Deborah Hackworth. “In an effort to avoid bringing large groups together, we have decided to create tis virtual challenge. The goal is to reach a total of 700-plus miles together, walking or running, to represent the 700+ survivors who received help from our DASAS Programs in 2019. We know that as supporters walk with our clients on their hearts and minds, the money will come. We have such a generous network.”

Also new this year is the name of the event. For several years DASAS hosted the “Walk a Mile

in Her Shoes” event. While the walk has always been successful, DASAS leadership recognized that the event has not been truly inclusive of all individuals, nor called attention to all victims. For example, one out of every seven men is physically abused in intimate partner relationships, and one in six individuals is sexually assaulted as a child. Yet, in the past, our Walk a Mile event has focused solely on women as victims.

In addition, DASAS was concerned that men wearing heels in such a playful manner may be insensitive to individuals with nontraditional gender identity or sexual orientation, officials said. In order to host an event that is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations, DASAS made a few changes to the event for 2020.

Rather than meeting in person, DASAS officials ask participants to wear shoes symbolizing a person they know who was or is being abused or assaulted, or the shoes of a group of victims about which a participants wants to raise awareness.

Businesses can contact McKenna a t( 269) 273-6977 for sponsorship information.

Berrien County

Halloween activities coming to southwest Michigan

Buchanan

Districts grapple with school bus driver shortage

Cass County

Dowagiac man headed to prison on three counts of domestic violence

Cass County

Cass County’s 43rd Circuit Court awarded grant

Edwardsburg

Ontwa Township seeks input on parks plan

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Rotary hosts Army National Guard

Berrien County

Brandywine Middle/High School to go remote Oct. 23 to 30

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Michigan reports 152,862 cases, 7,129 deaths

Cass County

Cass District Library to host annual book sale

Cass County

Missing dog found shot, family grieving after five day search

Dowagiac

Honor Credit Union donates to annual Tree of Love campaign

Berrien County

Spectrum Health reinforces commitment to equity

News

Candidates for 78th district seat participate in community forum

Berrien County

Berrien County Trial Court receives continued funding

Business

Niles businesses collaborate to sweeten their offerings

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien, Cass counties report one new COVID-19 death each

Cass County

Overdose fatality linked to ‘purple heroin’ in Van Buren County

Buchanan

Three new projects on the horizon for Buchanan

Business

New yoga studio opens in downtown Niles

Dowagiac

Dowagiac clerk shares answers to voter FAQs

Buchanan

Expansion underway at Niles-Buchanan YMCA location

Berrien County

Third annual writers conference goes virtual Saturday

News

Fire contained at former National Standard building

Berrien County

COVID-19 UPDATE: Berrien County reports three new COVID-19 deaths