AVENUES is seeking men, women, and children to walk in their Annual Awareness Walk. This year’s theme is Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk. AVENUES encourages both women and men to participate its annual Awareness Walk around Central Park in Hannibal. According to AVENUES Director, Judy Edmonson, “These are issues that affect both men and women and we need to work together to end domestic and sexual violence.”
The AVENUES Annual Awareness walk is also a fund-raiser for AVENUES. Edmonson indicated that last year’s event raised approximately $5,000. This money goes the cost of providing shelter and outreach advocacy services to individuals who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. Nearly 20 men walked in the 2015 Awareness Walk. “The reality of rape is that one out of every four American women will be the victim of domestic violence, an attempted or completed rape. The majority of men do not commit sexual and domestic violence and as a son, husband, and the father of two young daughters, I feel men have a responsibility to take a stand against and work to prevent rape and domestic violence,” explains Cory Combs, AVENUES Board member.
Walkers are asked to raise money through pledges from family, friends and co-workers. This year’s event includes a tier of fundraising incentives, including an option to choose to walk in tennis shoes instead of women’s heels by raising $300 in pledges. Walkers are encouraged to raise as much money as possible to earn additional incentives.
AVENUES’ Awareness Walk, Music and BBQ will be July 12 at Central Park in Hannibal, Missouri. Walkers will begin signing in and choosing their shoes at 5:00 p.m. BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. Tim Hart will provide music throughout the event until 9:00 pm. Parents as Teachers of Hannibal will be providing a children’s activity.
Individuals wishing to participate can contact AVENUES at 573-406-1400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Participants can also register to walk by logging on to AVENUES website at www.avenueshelp.org
A United Way funded agency, AVENUES provides free, confidential, and non-judgmental services to victims of sexual and domestic violence in Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Monroe and Shelby counties in Northeast Missouri