The South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) raised over $53,000 during its annual Walk to End Abuse last year and in 2022 they are hoping to make just as big of an impact.
The organization dedicated to preventing abuse and violence towards women and children will once again return to Penticton’s Rotary Park for this year’s edition of the Walk to End Abuse on June 5.
In 2021, the SOWINS celebrated its 40th year of serving the community, from Summerland to Princeton.
The organization’s summertime event has seen large turnouts over the last several years on Penticton’s lakeshore.
And as the SOWINS welcomes a new year and looks forward to one of its flagship events in June, the hope is that more fundraising records can be broken.
“We would love to have you join us for a walk along the boardwalk to support our services or join us virtually and share your photos and videos to our social media,” said Danielle Goulden, the group’s executive director in a letter released on Friday (Feb. 11).
The SOWINS offers a number of specialized programs that serve women, youth, children and families.
Among those services includes a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelters and counselling services for youth and children to help break the cycle of violence.
The funds raised on June 5 will help the SOWINS continue to provide these services.
Community members are invited for the in-person walk or to join the cause virtually through the group’s social media channels.