20/30 Leadership class students at Sheldon Williams Collegiate are working to increase the public’s attention to domestic violence here in Saskatchewan.
Students in Sheldon Williams 20/30 Leadership class gathered in the school auditorium to announce to the student they have partnered with the YWCA to raise funds and awareness about domestic violence.
One of the kids in the program taking part in the initiative is Grade 12 student Jack Guthrie.
Upon discovering Saskatchewan has the highest rate of domestic violence in Canada, he was taken aback.
“It’s crazy to think that all these things happen, most of the time, it’s because it just goes unreported,” he said. “It’s crazy to see how there’s almost this plague in Saskatchewan, especially of domestic violence and family violence within the community.”
“This shouldn’t be the thing that we’re known for.”
Guthrie said one of the things they’re looking to do to bring attention to the matter is by running the Night Light Campaign, which culminates in an all night fundraising marathon called the Awake A Thon on June 1st through June 2nd.
For students who want to help, Guthrie said it’s easy to get involved.
“Students sign up in teams of four to six people . They’re raising a $100/person. We strongly encourage they raise more, but $100 is all they need to bring. When they fully donate those $100, they buy themselves a ticket to our Awake A Thon, which will be held right here at our school.”