Purple Light Nights shine on in November

Three events planned for Hope, including naming of Paint the Town Purple winners

The Purple Light Nights that brightened up Hope town in October will continue to shine on in November to empower and enlighten the community.

Three events are planned, starting with the awards for the Paint the Town Purple Display Contest. Three winners have been selected to receive certificates for the outstanding displays in support of the campaign to shine a light on Domestic Violence. Winners will be announced very soon.

The dedication of a new Purple Light Nights park bench, which will be located in the new Silver Creek Elementary park, will also take place in November. The date has not been set yet as preparatory work needs to be done for the installation of the bench. The Purple Lights committee is thrilled to be able to do this and shine the light of awareness in the Silver Creek community.

The theme of this year’s campaign, “I have a voice,” encouraged people to use their voice to speak up and speak out about domestic violence wherever and whenever they witness it or become aware of a situation involving domestic violence, which is not just physical abuse but also financial, emotional and psychological. Keeping with this theme, Rob Yun of Golden Tiger Martial Arts, is hosting a free event, the Women’s Awareness, Confidence and Urban Self Defence Seminar, on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Rec Centre, from 3:45 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Yun will demonstrate various simple and effective ways for women themselves and give them the confidence and the means to protect and defend themselves.

Purple Light Nights would like to thank everyone who helped make October 2019 another successful month to shine a light on domestic violence and ensure that it has no place to hide here in Hope. An outstanding example is what the Hope Yama Dojo did to support us. As a community organization, they took the initiative to organize and host a Ladies Self Defence workshop on Oct 25, to help raise awareness of violence against women and help promote the goals and vision of the Purple Light campaign.

Purple Light Nights hopes the afterglow of October 2019 will continue to spread awareness and hope throughout the coming year. Without the support and involvement of residents, businesses and organizations in the district, it could not have happened.

For more information on Purple Light Nights and resources for victims of domestic violence, call 604-869-7770. Visit their Facebook page Purple Lights of Hope to keep up on their activities

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