Family violence week raises food for thought
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.