Raising dough for SOWINS

The numbers are in, and it turns out a lot of dough was raised at Boston Pizza in Penticton earlier this month at a fundraising event for the South Okanagan Women in Need Society.

May 10 was the official kickoff to the 2019 Walk to End Abuse campaign, which will culminate with the walk itself June 2. There was live music, a magician, a 50/50 draw and auction. 

Diane Fru, the event organizer, was thrilled that just over $7,400 was raised at the party, which will be matched by an anonymous donor for a total of more than $14,800. 

“This charity is very important to me, as a woman and mother. A long time ago, I experienced domestic abuse and violence first hand,” Fru said ahead of the event, explaining her motivation to give back. 

Now, the focus is on continuing the fundraising momentum ahead of the walk less that two weeks away. Walkers are encouraged to get sponsorship from family and friends by registering here to help SOWINS reach its overall goal of $50,000. 

Last year, money from the walk went toward 4,500 bed stays for women and children, more than 500 counselling sessions were provided to help children who witnessed or were impacted by abuse and more than 1,400 counselling sessions were provided to the women SOWINS serves.

This will be the sixth year of the walk, kicking off at 10 a.m. at Rotary Park June 2. 

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