Monday, September 10, 2012
In Sight of the Purple Light
City Hall tree lighting ceremony Oct 2
Released by John Stellingwerff, CCS/Voice file photo
urple bulbs will be illuminating Chilliwack next month in the annual Purple Light Nights campaign.
"This is Chilliwack’s fourth year holding Purple Light Nights to help raise awareness about domestic violence.
"The message is that domestic violence has no place in our community," said Beverly Coles, spokesperson with the Purple Light Nights committee.
More of the colourful little bulbs than ever will be lighting up Chilliwack homes for the entire month of October, while strings of purple lights will be decorating Chilliwack business storefronts.
"When someone puts a purple bulb to light up on their front porch or in a window, it can serve to spark a conversation about domestic violence, such as how it impacts our communities and families," said Coles.
The Purple Light Nights started in Covington, Washington in 2007 as a way to highlight awareness and education for Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October.
It's now recognized in 23 states and three Canadian provinces, as an active way to support survivors of family violence, to remember the victims, and to help those still living with abuse.
Every year more individuals and businesses are getting involved with Purple Light Nights, and this year the organizers ordered 800 bulbs for Chilliwack and area.
They've nearly doubled the number of bulbs ordered each year of the campaign.
"It is growing, and more people come on board every year, but we're keeping it simple."
Purple bulbs will be available by donation at: Ann Davis Transition Society offices on Young, Chilliwack Community Services on Wellington, Chilliwack City Hall, as well as several downtown and area businesses.
A tree lighting ceremony at City Hall is set for October 2 at 6:30 p.m. to officially kick off the month-long Purple Light Nights campaign in Chilliwack.
"The whole community is welcome to join us for the annual tree lighting on the steps of City Hall."
Ken’s Tire and Wheel, Logan’s Home Hardware, Mary’s on Wellington
The Bookman, Harvest Store + Cafe, Vancity, Decades, Video Tonite; Ann Davis Transition Society (9046 Young Road) and Chilliwack Community Services (45938 Wellington Ave)
For more information, visit www.purplelightnights.org
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