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2013 Rakhi Project: Banding Together Against Domestic Abuse

Surrey dignitaries at 2013 Rakhi launch

June 25, 2013

Surrey, BC – The Surrey community spoke out against domestic abuse today with the launch of the third annual Rakhi Project, a Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy initiative designed to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

During a special ceremony at Surrey City Hall, a tying ceremony took place to signify support for eradicating domestic abuse.

“The Rakhi Project allows the community to take a visible and unified approach in raising awareness around the issue of domestic abuse,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “This initiative is part of a multi-faceted approach the City of Surrey has undertaken.”

“The goal of the Rakhi Project is to encourage dialogue around the issue of domestic abuse,” said Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the Community Safety Committee. “It specifically encourages men to be an active part of the solution. The brothers and men who wear the purple bracelets are vowing to stand with their sisters against domestic abuse.”

Rakhi is a traditional Indian ceremony honouring the relationship between brothers and sisters and involves the tying of a Rakhi bracelet by a sister on her brother’s wrist as a symbol of love and respect.

Braided purple bracelets designed by local artist Karen Lipsett-Kidd, and handcrafted by the Sambhali Trust in India, are being sold for $5 each with proceeds going to the City of Surrey’s Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (SCADA). The Project is being spearheaded by the City of Surrey in partnership with DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Surrey RCMP, Omni Television, Ending Violence Association of BC, BC Lions, Fruiticana, Save-on-Foods and the Province Newspaper.

Bracelets are available until August 21nd at Surrey City Hall, select Save-on-Foods locations, Fruiticana, DIVERSEcity, Surrey RCMP, Kwantlen bookstores, KEYS: Housing & Health Solutions and Surrey Women’s Centre.

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For program info contact:

Jacki Tokaryk
Community Safety Coordinator
City of Surrey
JTokaryk@surrey.ca  
(604) 591-4492

Media contact:

Judy Mann
Executive Assistant, Office of the Mayor
(778) 846-0397