By Colin Burrowes
During the month of November, people have an opportunity to help bridge the gap between the cost of running Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey, and what their government funding covers.
“That gap is over $193,000 this year,” said Michelle Lamont, community and fund development co-ordinator for Women’s House Serving Bruce Grey.
Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey is in the seventh year of its Wrapped in Courage campaign. They sell purple scarves and ties during November, Woman Abuse Prevention Month. Purple is the official colour which represents domestic abuse.
“We are providing scarves and ties to essentially wrap you and allow you to show your support for the campaign,” said Lamont. “Hopefully in showing their support, people will then talk about the program and about prevention of domestic abuse.”
It is not only an awareness campaign, but also a fundraiser. The scarves and ties sell for $20 each.
“We’ve purchased the scarves and ties from a group called Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses,” she said. “They look after organizing the campaign.”
Scarves and ties will be available on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Sobey’s and on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the L.C.B.O. in Kincardine. For the entire month of November they are available at Kincardine Massage Therapy, Sisters on Huron in Southampton and the Unifor Building in Port Elgin.
Until Nov. 23 shoppers at Sobey’s will be able to make a donation to Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey when they checkout.
“We’re referring to that as “helping hands” during our Wrapped in Courage month,” said Lamont. “People are providing helping hands by providing donations.”