WAVE Walk for Women’s Place
Last year in Canada, 148 women were killed by violence, many of them at the hands of an intimate partner. On Saturday, November 2, walkers from across Niagara will be taking to the halls of the Seaway Mall to raise awareness of violence against women and to build a WAVE of awareness that will hopefully one day WIPE OUT domestic violence for good. Participants are also raising funds to support the domestic violence shelters operated by Women’s Place in Welland (Serenity Place) and Niagara Falls (Nova House). By “Joining the WAVE” (an acronym that stands for “Walk Against Violence Everyone”), walkers will help the agency to meet its goal of raising over $22,000, which will be used to provide safe shelter, support lines, legal support, counselling, housing support and other vital services for women and children experiencing abuse. The top fundraiser will win a hotel stay for two (including dinner and breakfast) donated by Niagara Casinos.
As the walk enters its fifth year, the pressure on domestic violence services has never been greater. “Last year,” says the agency’s acting executive director, Jennifer Gauthier, “260 women and children stayed in a Women’s Place shelter, while hundreds more used our outreach services. Our staff also answered nearly 3000 calls on our support lines. By supporting Women’s Place events like the walk at the Seaway Mall,” Gauthier explains, “our donors, sponsors, participants and volunteers will be helping to make sure we are always there when a woman
needs our help.”
Peggy Thompson, a survivor who will be speaking at this year’s event, knows only too well how difficult it can be to leave an abusive relationship without support. Unfortunately, when she needed help, there was not the network of over 600 women’s shelters that now exists in Canada. “To this day I cannot believe that, even by accident, he didn’t kill me,” she explains.
While the walk will raise funds and awareness related to a serious topic, the event itself is designed to be fun, and includes a beach party theme, live music by the Dealerz Choice Duo, a performance by the Ukulele Club from Fitch Street Public School, a visit by Dunkin from the Niagara River Lions, and lots of beach-themed activities.
Registration will remain open all this week for anyone still wishing to “Join the WAVE” athttps://womensplacesn.akaraisin.com/JointheWAVE2019 . Walker check-in starts at 8 a.m on November 2 at the Seaway Mall. Participants and media should look for the tiki hut in Ernie Allen Court (just inside the entrance Winners entrance to the mall). Opening ceremonies, hosted by Pat Porter from 91.7 Giant FM, will start at 9 a.m.
For additional information about this event or Women’s Place, please contact Amanda Braet, at 905-356-3933 ext. 240 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit womensplacesn.org.
Walkers of all ages, genders, and abilities from across the Niagara Region are encouraged to take part.
Join the WAVE (Walk Against Violence Everyone) is a five kilometer, beach party themed walk through the halls of the Seaway Mall. Walkers are encouraged to dress in beach attire and participate in beach-themed activities as they complete each of the five laps of the mall. Highlights include:
- Live music will be provided once again by the Dealerz Choice and ukulele students from Fitch Street Public School
- Pat Porter, from 91.7 Giant FM, will return to emcee this year’s event
Peggy Thompson, will share her story as a survivor of domestic violence and
why women’s shelters are important in our community
Walker “warm-up” by W2 Dance Studio
There is no registration fee, but walkers are asked to meet minimum fundraising requirements in order to participate ($60 – adults, $20 – youth, free-children 10 and under).
The walk will start at 9 a.m. on November 2, with check-in starting at 8 a.m. Walkers are asked to pre-register before November 1 athttps://womensplacesn.akaraisin.com/JointheWAVE2019
Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara St, Welland, Ontario (Ernie Allen Court)
Women’s Place hopes to raise at least $22,000 in support of shelter and support services in Welland (Serenity Place) and Niagara Falls (Nova House). In recent years, the need for shelter services has been increasing year over year. Last year, the agency received nearly 2988 calls on their support lines, an increase of 430 over the previous year.
Questions regarding the event or Women’s Place should be directed to Amanda Braet, Development Director, at (905) 356-3933 ext. 240, Amanda@wpsn.ca. Further information about Women’s Place and this event can also be found on the Women’s Place website at www.womensplacesn.org.