While the focus for the Redeemer Royals Men’s Soccer team has been a return to the OCAA playoffs in 2013, the team has been able to carve out some time between long practices and a busy academic schedule to give back to the community in ways other than through their soccer skills.
A group of Redeemer soccer players headed to Burlington recently to take part in the fourth Hope in High Heels walk, a fundraiser for Halton Women’s Place. The centre provides crisis relief shelters for women.
Third-year Redeemer Royals player Jordan Dias organized the group. Dias and his father raised an amazing $50,000 this year and more than $120,000 in the last three years.
“I brought the idea of going to the walk to the guys,” said Dias, “and they all thought it would be a great idea for us to do something for the community and represent our team and Redeemer in the process. We thought that as young men, we should stand up for the cause of stopping domestic violence against women. It was a fantastic day, but certainly by the end we all had very sore feet.”
In total, 75 men wore pink heels and walked two kilometres down Lakeshore Road. The event raised more than $80,000.