Stop the Violence walk set for Oct. 28

By: 
Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Earth Angel productions will present Stop the Violence, a walk to end domestic violence, on Oct. 28 at Sally Kate Winters Park.

Registration will be at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. with a rally to follow at 10 a.m.

Early bird registration is $15 and includes a t-shirt, and registration the day of the walk is $10 and does not include a t-shirt.

Register early by emailing domesticviolencewalkms@gmail.com or earthangelproductionz@gmail.com.

Stop the Violence is sponsored by “Love Shouldn’t Hurt”, a stage play written by Belinda Rice.

Rice said she had been working on the stage play for a while, but she wanted to do more to raise awareness of domestic violence.

“I wanted to build awareness in a way that anyone can participate in, especially those who have experienced domestic violence or those who have loved ones who are victims of it,” Rice said.

Rice said the walk will be short and anyone of any age or fitness level can participate in.

Following the walk, Rice said balloons will be released in honor of victims of domestic violence, and there will be motivational speakers and music. Safe Haven, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, will have an informational booth set up during the event.

“It’s a hidden issue and most are afraid to speak out,” Rice said. “This walk will hopefully be a voice to those people and encourage them to speak out.”

Proceeds raised during Stop the Violence will benefit Safe Haven, Inc.

“Love Shouldn’t Hurt” will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus.

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