Fam­ily vi­o­lence week raises food for thought

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SYD­NEY — As part of fam­ily vi­o­lence preven­tion week, Tran­si­tion House Foun­da­tion is part­ner­ing with lo­cal restau­rants, and ra­dio sta­tions 101.9 the Gi­ant and 103.5 The Ea­gle, to run the Food For Thought fundrais­ing cam­paign.

Food For Thought is the brain­child of foun­da­tion board mem­ber Yvette Rogers. It will run un­til next Satur­day.

“(It) is a pro­gram with a few sim­ple goals — to raise aware­ness about the prob­lem of fam­ily vi­o­lence, raise aware­ness of the re­sources avail­able to those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence, con­trib­ute to pro­grams that di­rectly af­fect vic­tims of vi­o­lence and to let every­one know we can all help to break the cy­cle,” Rogers said in a news release.

Restau­rants par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Food For Thought cam­paign in­clude Allegro, Black Spoon Bistro, Bos­ton Pizza, Bras D’Or View, Cat and Fid­dle, Clans­man Mo­tel, East Side Mario’s, Fla­vor, Gov­er­nors, Hong Fa, Mickey D's Subs and Sand­wiches, Savoury’s, Trio, Went­worth Perk, and Ziggy’s Pub and Grill.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, the restau­rants will be pro­vided with fact sheets about fam­ily vi­o­lence to share with cus­tomers. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from a spe­cial meal will be do­nated to the Tr a n s i t i o n Hou se Foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion raises money to sup­port the pro­grams and ser­vices of Cape Bre­ton Tr a n s i t i o n House, which was founded in 1986 and is run by a vol­un­teer board and a part-time of­fice man­ager.

Tran­si­tion House pro­vides ser­vices for women and fam­i­lies af­fected by vi­o­lence in Cape Bre­ton and Vic­to­ria coun­ties. It of­fers aroundthe-clock ac­com­mo­da­tions, sup­port coun­sell ing, cri­sis and dis­tress coun­selling, a help line, safety plan­ning, ad­vo­cacy, and court ac­com­pa­ni­ment. There is a ther­a­peu­tic child­care pro­gram for chil­dren who ac­com­pany their moth­ers, and an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram in the schools and com­mu­nity that deals with date abuse, date rape, fam­ily vi­o­lence, anger man­age­ment and cy­ber vi­o­lence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 5624190. Do­na­tions can be made by mail to: PO Box 487, Syd­ney, N.S. B1P 6H4 or on­line through Canada Helps: www.canadahelps.org.

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