Stamping out domestic violence

This year, we had 200 bulbs and although we only sold 117 we raised $231.03.

Well, Hope certainly rises to the occasion! In October of this year, the Purple Lights Campaign took flight. The purpose was to buy and shine a purple light bulb to take a stand against domestic violence and send the message that it has no place in our town… and we did so with vigor.

We started the campaign in October of 2009, sold 50 bulbs and raised $118. In 2010, we ran out of bulbs very quickly (we had 75) and raised $211. This year, we had 200 bulbs and although we only sold 117 we raised $231.03.

Thanks to all who participated and supported this program. Together we will work to stamp our violence in our community!

Also, just a reminder to check out the Hope for Peace campaign coming up as part of 16 days of activism against gender violence.

Participants chose the dates Nov. 25 – International Day Against Violence Against Women – and Dec. 10 – International Human Rights Day – in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including Nov. 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; Dec. 1, World AIDS Day; and Dec. 6, which marks the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

Over 3,700 organizations in approximately 164 countries have participated in the 16-day campaign since 1991.

Wear your purple wrist bands to show support for this cause. If you need to buy one, please call Hope and Area Transition Society at 604-869-5111.

Heather Garfield

Manager of the Jean Scott Transition House