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'Love Before Abuse' walk will raise funds and awareness for domestic abuse

Support and awareness are both things Fredericton resident Ashley Traer hopes to bring to the forefront at her “Love Before Abuse” walk for domestic abuse survivors this weekend.

On Oct. 18, the “Love Before Abuse” walk, a five-kilometre fundraiser, will take place at Odell Park at 1 p.m. The objective of this fundraiser is to collect money and different toiletry items for the 13 women and children transition houses throughout the province.

Traer, the organiser of the walk, also wants to help younger people recognize and understand the warning signs of abuse and unhealthy relationships.

Traer is a survivor of domestic abuse. She hopes this walk will benefit as many people as possible.

After experiencing similar situations as many other domestic abuse survivors, she aspires to “help women regain their personal strength.”

This is Traer’s first fundraiser for the cause.

“Since I have been on my healing journey, I realized I needed to help others through it and help prevent domestic abuse as much as I can.”

Participants in the fundraiser are asked to bring a monetary donation or any toiletry item such as deodorant, soap, towels or shampoo.

The funds and toiletry donations collected on Saturday will be evenly distributed to the 13 different Transition houses in New Brunswick. This fundraiser will help women and children all over the province who are coping with the effects of domestic abuse.

These transition houses are crucial for women and children of all ages that have suffered any type of abuse, providing a safe haven for thousands each year in New Brunswick. On top of a safe place to stay, the homes offer these women crisis intervention services and a fresh start on life.

The Love Before Abuse fundraiser will feature a barbecue, a bake sale and a face-painting station. Participants are also encouraged to wear purple, the domestic abuse awareness colour.

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