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St. Catharines, ON – The Niagara River Lions are happy to announce that they have partnered with the Boldt Team RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. to host their second annual Shine the Light on Woman Abuse game on International Women’s Day, March 8th, against the Orangeville A’s in support of the Women’s Place of South Niagara.
It will be a special night at the Meridian Centre as the River Lions will be sporting purple jerseys which fans will have the opportunity to bid on during the game with proceeds going to the Women’s Place of South Niagara. Tickets for this game will also be available to fans at 40% off with the hope that purchasers will use the savings towards donations, on the day of the game!
The Shine the Light campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women, by turning communities purple to stand in solidarity with abused women. On March 8th, fans are encouraged to join the River Lions in wearing purple, a symbol of courage, survival and honour, so that they too can stand in solidarity with abused women. The Shine the Light Campaign originated in London, Ontario and has since seen massive support from across the country, including support from Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
“We are looking to build upon the success of last year's game, making it even bigger and better as we turn the Meridian Centre purple for the night to help raise awareness of men's violence against women,” said River Lions Public Relations Manager, Michelle Biskup. “We are thrilled to have the Boldt Team RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. on board as our Game Day Presenter, and have no doubt that they will play a huge part in the success of this event in support of The Women's Place of South Niagara. We cannot wait to see the Niagara Community come together to help the fight to end woman abuse.”
The Women’s Place of South Niagara provides a 24-hour support line and two emergency shelters for women and children experiencing abuse. Last year alone the Women’s Place provided nearly 10,000 bed nights and received over 1,500 crisis calls.
“Women’s Place is pleased to once again have the opportunity to partner with the Niagara River Lions for International Women’s Day,” said Women’s Place Development Director, Amanda Braet. “Together we will celebrate women and also bring awareness about domestic violence. Proceeds from the 50/50 sales along with other exciting initiatives will directly support Women’s Place’s two shelters and outreach services, which provide hope and help to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.”
On March 8th, wear your purple and join the River Lions as they Shine the Light on Woman Abuse. Visit Ticketmaster and use the code “WOMEN” to save 40% on tickets.