Time: June 6, 2015 from 9am to 3pm
Location: Lock 3 Park in St. Catharines
Street: Lock 3 Park in St. Catharines
City/Town: St Catherines, Ontario
Website or Map: http://www.walkforwomenniagar…
Event Type: walkathon
Organized By: www.walkforwomenniagara.ca
Latest Activity: Jun 3, 2015
A unified voice to stop violence against women and girls
Walk for Women makes a statement, raises funds for Gillian’s Place
Niagara This Week - St. Catharines
By Scott Rosts, June 3, 2015
ST. CATHARINES — They will walk together, make a statement together, and raise funds together.
More than 200 women and children are expected to participate in the third annual Walk for Women in support of Gillian’s Place this weekend. The walk-a-thon fundraiser, set to take place Saturday, June 6 at Lock 3 Park in St. Catharines, provides women and children — mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and co-workers — the opportunity to join together to end violence against women and girls.
Traditionally held on Mother’s Day weekend, the walk was moved to a later date to accommodate more walkers and with hopes of warmer weather. This year’s goal for the walk, which includes routes of two or five kilometres, is $50,000. All funds support the work of Gillian’s Place, the largest organization providing safe shelter and a full range of support services including 24-hour support counselling, safety planning, emotional support, legal advice and transitional assistance for abused women and their children from Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and West Lincoln. Gillian’s Place also provides public education and raises community awareness on the issue of violence against women.
“We need to fundraise $500,000 each year to sustain our current operations, so this as well as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes are our signature fundraisers,” said Nicole Regehr, community development manager for Gillian’s Place. “They’re vitally important to our ability to reaching our goals and serving the community.”
Over the three years the walk has grown significantly, said Regeher. With nearly 200 participants pre-registered, she said they are expected to have a record number of participants in 2015. It will make for a special walk day, she said.
“The empowerment and all the women together in one place to end violence against women and girls is an incredible feeling to be part of,” she said. “It’s really inspiring and gratifying to see the community come together to fight this issue.”
Leading the way will be this year’s Leaders of Hope. Six women were selected to help promote the campaign, with a particular emphasis on social media using #becauseiamawoman to start an online conversation about what it means to be a woman. This year’s leaders are Ruth Unrau, Karen Tribble, Shannon Passero, Erica Bajer, Julie Shields and Katarina Chataway.
On event day, registration begins at 9 a.m., with the opening ceremonies at 10. The walk begins at 10:30 and new this year a pizza lunch and awards for top fundraising individuals and team are to follow. Activities for children include a bouncy castle, face painting and scavenger hunt as well as a special gift bag for all of the young walkers. Walkers will also receive walker gifts and a complimentary T-shirt. Walkers are encouraged to come early to enjoy the morning activities including yoga in the park and Starbucks coffee.
Walkers can find information or register online by visiting www.walkforwomenniagara.ca or contact Lynn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-684-4000, ext. 233.