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Posted on: Monday, 9 November 2009

Sisters with Blisters

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We’ve all had them, that extremely painful blister after a fun night out wearing your favourite pair of stilettos. But this doesn’t really give us a sense of achievement or make much difference to anyone but ourselves. So why not get a blister on 28 November 2009 that will actually mean something?

Sisters with Blisters in an annual event that has been taking place for the past 3 years. Jacaranda 94.2 and First for Women have joined forces to raise awareness on the abuse suffered by many women and children in this country each year. This is a worthy cause to bring to public attention as it is often hushed aside. The event takes place during the International 16 days of Activism against women and child abuse (25 November to 10 December).

Sisters with BlistersJacaranda 94.2 wanted to grab the nation’s attention and try to assist women and children in this situation to stand up against their abuse situation or environment and let it be known that is is not ok. How did they decide to do this, well let me tell you it certainly has me hooked, because the concept is shoes.

Show me a woman who doesn’t love shoes and I’ll faint on the spot. So all of the women out there who are serious both about the prevention of women and child abuse (and about shoes!) should take up the challenge of walking in their stilettos to speak up and give a voice to those who are often unheard.

In 2008 there were more than 2500 participants and this year hopefully this figure will grow substantially. Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if you do not wear stilettos, so all the men and boys in your family shouldn’t back down to this challenge as flat shoes are also welcome.

There is a 16km walk starting at 07h30 as well as a 4km walk starting at 10h30 at the The Campus, 57 Sloan Street, Corner of Sloan Street and Main Road, Bryanston. Late entries registration opens bright and early at 06h30 and a lucky draw takes place at 12h00 (with fabulous prizes from Canon and a one week shopping spree in Paris is also up for grabs). Entry fee is R100 per person, if you have a corporate team of 10 members it is R900 for the team. Late entries are charged an additional R40.

Sisters with BlistersIkhaya Lethemba, in Braamfontein, who provide holistic and integrated services for survivors of violence against women and children had all the funds raised from the first Sisters with Blisters walk in 2006 donated to them.

The Leigh Matthews Stress and Trauma Centre which was established to address the need for counselling to community members who have experiences trauma who would not otherwise be afforded the opportunity for such professional services.

Women and Men against Child Abuse provide free (not much is free these days…) medical, psychological and follow up visits to children as well as their families who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused at their one-stop Kids Clinics.

Finally Bethany House, in Lorentville houses women and their children who have escaped either abusive relationships, trafficking or sexual assault. All of these are such worthy causes to be supporting.

It really doesn’t matter who you are, what your job title is, where you live, what clothes you wear stand up or rather put on those shoes you normally go dancing in and walk in support of the prevention of women and child abuse!

Contact Details:
For any queries about the event telephone +27 (0)11 807 3596 and any entry queries can be directed to +27 (0)11 844-0416 / 9.

If you are unable to take part in the event on the day but would still like to assist some of these worthwhile charities you can find their contact details below:

Ikhaya Lethemba: +27 (0)11 422-4107
Leigh Matthews Stress and Trauma Centre: +27 (0)11 226-2200
Women and Men Against Child Abuse: +27 (0)11 789-8815
Bethany House: +27 (0)11 660-2763

Photo Credits:
Photographs courtesy of and © Sisters with Blisters website.

Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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2 comments about Sisters with Blisters
  1. November 9th, 2009 at 17:46
    Johnny says:

    Im very sorry but you are about to faint, my girlfriend isn’t very into shoes at all, but of course she does have many pairs of heels. She is into coordination :) I will pass this onto her she will love it, she’s very into this kind of work.

  2. November 30th, 2009 at 12:10
    Amanda matthes says:

    Hi Went on the walk – which was great, however, my dachsie, Gaby, ended up with blisters – burnt pads from the tarmac! i wonder if any other dog owners had the same problem?

    All the best