I can’t think of a better time to get this conversation thriving IN LONDON. Are you familiar with the annual Shine the Light campaign?
There is a group of people with a vision for Women in the London community and across the country. This year is the 5th year the campaign has launched in London, where it all began…many communities across the country support this campaign as well.
It’s a very simple campaign – turn EVERYTHING purple for the month of November. Why?
“To stand in solidarity with abused women and support them in understanding that any shame and/or blame they may feel does not belong to them but to their abuser; and, to raise the profile of the community agencies that can provide abused women with hope and help as they attempt to live their lives free from violence and abuse.”
The spotlight is on violence against women more than ever right now with the conversation in the news about Jian Ghomeshi…I truly believe that Canadians everywhere are beginning to understand the shame and blame that comes with abuse and the dialogue is opening up and becoming even MORE welcoming to males.
How you can be part of the Shine the Light Campaign YOURSELF in London this month:
ALL November – “Turn It Purple” Picture Contest Send your photos of how you’ve turned purple for the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a prize at the end of the month!
Saturday November 1 – Niagara Falls along with 30 London locations will be illuminated in purple to honour the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign
Sunday November 2 – The CN Tower will be lit purple in support of the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign starting at sunset. A standard light show will run for 8 minutes at the top of every hour.
Monday November 3 – Campaign Kick-Off & Lighting of the Tree – Victoria Park – 5:30pm Please join the London Abused Women’s Centre to kick off Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month with a Lighting of the Tree ceremony at Victoria Park (SW corner of the park at Clarence St & Dufferin Ave). For the 2014 campaign we are honouring the lives of Sonia El Birani and Terri Ann Dauphinais. Sonia’s daughter, Houda El Birani, will be travelling to Canada from Lebanon to join us in unveiling Sonia’s silent witness this evening.
Wednesday November 5 – Purple Manicure Media Event Artistic Esthetic Spa – 2:30pm Four high-profile community leaders will go purple to show their support for the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign! Purple manicures for Dr. Amit Chakma, President Western University and Peter Devlin, President Fanshawe College and purple hair streaks for Laura Elliot, Director of Education at TVDSB, and Linda Staudt, Director of Education at LDCSB.
Thursday November 6 – Purple Night with the London Knights Budweiser Gardens – 99 Dundas Street – Game time 7:00pm Haven’t got your purple gear yet? Come say hello to our purple team on the first floor. We will have everything you need including: pashminas, mittens, lanyards, t-shirts, ribbon pins and reusable bags!
Friday November 7 – Purple Night-on-the-town London Restaurants feature a purple drink with a portion of proceeds donated to the London Abused Women’s Centre. Participants include: – Tony Roma’s South – Wellington Rd South & Richmond Rd North – Garlic’s of London – Richmond Row – Dolcetto Risto Itala – Colonel Talbot Rd – McGinnis Restaurant & Bar – Wonderland N
Friday November 7 – Sunday November 9 – 5th Annual Dave Richards Memorial 4-on-4 Co-ed Adult Ball Hockey Tournament Ball Hockey International – 14 Clarke Road, corner of Clarke and Hamilton Road. To register contact Dan Gilbert at 519-455-2255 or email@example.com
Friday November 14 – Wear Purple Day Wear PURPLE all day! Wear purple clothing, a tie, jewellery, shoes, make-up, socks, a belt; or accessorize with balloons, streamers ribbon or hair extensions!! Post your photos on Twitter using the hashtag #wearpurpleday!