The walk raises funds for the YWCA, which uses the funds for essential programming and service for women and children impacted by gender-based violence.
YWCA shelters had to turn away 2000 women and children last year alone due to lack of space, and Police Chief Evan Bray says it needs to change.
“I think that speaks to the magnitude of the problem. The YWCA does an incredible job, but they need more resources, they need money and funding,” Bray says. “We as service providers at the Regina Police, obviously we see domestic violence and interpersonal violence on a regular basis, so this is just another opportunity for us to show our commitment to this issue, and see if we can’t work with our partners to stop it.”
Bray also says raising awareness of this issue is incredibly important.
“There’s a lot of women and children that can’t access shelters or supports and services just because the lack of resources. Getting fundraising happening and getting some collective effort towards this problem in our community, is critically important.”
The walk saw around 150 people attend the walk, raising over $15,000.