Every year in Canada up to 360,000 children witness violence in the home and nearly 100,000 women and children seek refuge in a shelter.
Shelter from the Storm is Canada’s largest national campaign dedicated to ending violence against women. From April 13th to May 10th, 2009 you can help the Canadian Women’s Foundation raise funds to support more than 450 shelters for abused women and their children, across Canada.
Shelter from the Storm t-shirts are $12.99 and available at Winners and HomeSense stores nationwide. The shirts come in white, purple and black for women, and white, grey and black for men. Shelter from the Storm teddybears are $12.99 and re-usable totes with lunchbags are $4.99. Net proceeds from the sale of these items will directly support shelters for abused women and community violence prevention programs.
You’ll also be helping to fund community programs that assist women as they rebuild their lives after abuse; that teach young people about healthy relationships; and that counsel children who have witnessed violence, to help them heal and prevent them from becoming victims or abusers themselves.
Another campaign highlight occurs on May 7th when Rogers Media radio stations across Canada will broadcast live radio-thons to share survivors' stories, raise awareness of the issue and encourage listeners to donate. And for the first time ever, City TV in Vancouver will broadcast a 4-hour live telethon on Breakfast Television. Winners and HomeSense will also hold "Shop 'til it Stops" on May 7th; a cross-Canada sales event in which a percentage of the day's sales goes to Shelter from the Storm. When shoppers use their BMO(R) MasterCard(R) an additional percentage will go to the campaign.
Canadians can make a donation any time during the campaign online at www.shelterfromthestorm.ca or at any Winners, HomeSense or BMO Bank of Montreal branch.
I know that things are rough for everyone right now but please do what you can to help. No one should be forced to live with violence.