Mobile outreach is just one of the programs offered by the South Okanagan Women in Need Society. Mark Brett/Western News

SOWINS walking towards $50,000 goal

The annual Walk to End Abuse takes place in Penticton on June 3

The South Okanagan Women In Need Society is reaching out to the community on their walk towards $50,000, the goal set for their annual big fundraiser that takes place on Sunday.

“All money raised will stay in our community to directly serve women, youth and children in our care,” said Marni Adams, development advisor and organizer of the Walk to End Abuse.

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Last year, SOWINS had over 4,500 bed stays at the Transition House of women, youth and children. Right now, the house has 17 children seeking safety with their mothers. Last year, SOWINS facilitated more than 500 counseling sessions for children in our community that witnessed abuse in the home and fielded over 1,500 crisis calls.

Adams said abuse doesn’t take a holiday and SOWINS is responding to the needs of women, youth and children every day. She added that the best way to support the work of SOWINS is to register, donate and walk with the community in the annual Walk to End Abuse presented by Parker’s Chrysler.

Related: Walk to end abuse for those who can’t

“So many local fundraisers and sponsors have come together to raise money and awareness and the Walk to End Abuse is only three days away,” said Adams. “Let’s do one final push to invite people to donate and come out to enjoy a day of inspiration and community so we can reach our goal.”

Adams adds that anyone can still make a difference by donating online at www.sowins.com/walk, by phone 250-493-3366 or in person at 102-1027 Westminster Ave. West.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. on June 3 at Rotary Park and will feature a hot breakfast served by the team from Earls, coffee compliments of Starbucks, music, prizes and a guest speaker who will share her story of survival.

There are lots of great prizes to be had for top fundraisers. The top team prize (minimum of $1,500 raised) will win a night at Burger 55 for up to 20 colleagues. This will include drink and food tasters for your whole team. Top individual prize (minimum of $1,000 raised) will win a night on the town with your sweetie. This will include a $75 gift certificate to have dinner at Earls. You will then carry on to the South Okanagan Events Centre where you can watch a show of your choice (ticket value $300) then end the evening with a glass of wine on your patio as you spend the night at the Lakeside Resort.

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