“Walk to end violence against Women and Children a HUGE Success”

St. Catharines, On (June 8, 2015) – Gillian’s Place is excited to announce the results of the 3rd Annual “Walk for Women” event presented by Meridian Credit Union. With a record high 36 teams registered and over 200 walkers, $50,000 (net) was raised at the walk to end violence against women and girls!!

The walk which took place on Saturday June 6th along the scenic Welland Canal Parkway included a 5km and 2km walk option and was dedicated to the memory of Judith Fraser.  Her family and friends participated in the walk with team, “Healing Hearts”.  Signs along the walk depicted a journey that a women facing abuse may go through and how Gillian’s Place can help.  It was an inspiring and encouraging walk empowering all women who took part and all funds went to support the work of Gillian’s Place. New this year, walkers were encouraged to leave a message of hope as part of the “Chain of Hope” that was strung across the finish line and will later be displayed in the shelter to encourage the women and children staying at Gillian’s Place.  The chain was a unique way of linking everyone together.  

Prizes were handed out to the following individuals and teams:
Top Individual Fundraiser (Adult): Jane Burk-Vassalo, $1755
Top Team Fudraiser: Susan’s Angels, $3320
Top Individual Fundraiser (Youth): Ella Treschak, $300

Special mention to the following individual fundraisers:
1) Katarina Chataway - $1335
2) Angela Zangari - $1225
3) Jamila Motala - $1000

And special mention of following top team fundraisers:
1) Southridge Women and Girls Unite! $2991
2) Gillian’s Place Board of Directors - $2885
3) Walk this Way - $2590
4) Team Meridian - $2375

“It is evident by the growth we have seen in the past three years how important ending violence against women is to the Niagara Community. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this year’s event another success. ” Nicole Regehr, Community Development Manager from Gillian’s Place.

Gillian’s Place would like to thank the many walkers, donors and volunteers that contributed the events great success.  They would also like the thank the following sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Meridian Credit Union, Alexandria Professional, The St. Catharines Standard, 105.7 EZ Rock, TV Cogeco, Vandendool Jewelers, Royal LePage, Brand Blvd. Fallsview Casino Resort, Dr. Jane Burk-Vassalo - Contours MD, Citrus Boutique, Lousje & Bean, Sullivan Mahoney, Ridley & Associates, Ballet Etc., Walker Industries Holdings Ltd., Sarah Hancox Photography, Liquid Entertainment, Ryson's Music, Atlantis Inflatables, Marble Slab Creamery, Roberto's Pizza, Speedpro Imaging and JFHannigan Photography.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to helping women and children through the services Gillian’s Place offers. The walk for women was an opportunity for women and children of all ages in the community to join together to say with a unified voice that woman abuse is unacceptable and to take a stand against violence against women and girls!

Gillian’s Place is the only organization in Niagara dedicated to providing safe shelter and a full range of support services including 24-hour support counselling, safety planning, emotional support, legal advice and transitional assistance for abused women and their children from Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and West Lincoln. Gillian’s Place also works diligently to provide public education and raise community awareness on the issue of violence against women. For more information, please contact:

Nicole Regehr
Community Development Manager
Gillian’s Place
Tel: 905-684-4000 ext. 231 or Cell: 905-933-6742


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