Violence against women affects all individuals regardless of age, class, gender, race, or education level. I am walking on June 28 to bring awareness that many different forms of violence against women exist in our society today and everyone has a responsibility to end it. This important annual fundraiser, bringing in critical funds that allow Battered Women Support Services to continue its work preventing violence, promoting respect for women, and strengthening lives of hundreds of women who access its services each month. My daughter and I participating in the 5K walk on June 28 and I encourage you to join us for this important cause.
I did my first Scotia Bank 5k last year. It was so much fun, and so easy to do, that I decided to do it again this year. This time I decided to have my friends and family join me as well. Why have I decided to do it again this year? Because I believe in walking or running for a cause, where the funds raised would be of such valuable assistance to organizations in need. Organizations like BWSS, who work tirelessly with women survivors of violence – working to help them overcome what they have undergone, and look to a future without violence in their lives. Each dollar raised helps make such a difference in the lives of these women, by providing valuable services such as legal advocacy, housing support, counseling and employment support. Working in the employment program I see the impact finding employment has on a woman – giving her much needed financial security, and in turn independence. It is important to understand the far reaching impact each dollar raised has on the services offered to each woman needing our assistance. I walk on the 28th for these reasons and to connect with my friends and family in a fun activity.
I am participating in the half-marathon/5K run with the Battered Women’s Support Services team. As part of this group, I will raise money to support the programs at BWSS. In the process, I will also raise awareness about the need for services and resources for women who have survived violence and abuse. These actions are part of the larger task of working for justice and an end to violence. I look forward to this event as a time to connect with staff, volunteers, and other participants as we cheer for each other as we run and walk.