Decorated T-shirts are hung on the clothesline at Kumsheen Park for last year’s Clothesline Project fundraising barbecue. This year’s barbecue will be on April 17.

Clothesline Project brings awareness to violence against women

The Golden Women’s Resource Centre is inviting you to tell your story through clothing.

The Golden Women’s Resource Centre is inviting you to tell your story through clothing.

The annual Clothesline Project tells the stories of survivors as well as the victims of violence against women. Decorated T-shirts depicting these experiences will hang on a clothesline at a fundraising barbecue on Thursday Apr. 17.

Its aim is to help with the healing process, and to educate, document, and raise society’s awareness of the extent of the problem of violence against women.

From now until Apr. 16, the women’s centre will have shirt decorating supplies available at any time during the centre’s hours of operation.

Women can come create a shirt or other article of clothing to hang on the line, or can take the supplies home with them.

There will be clothes available, or you can bring a personal article of clothing. If you need anyone to talk to throughout the process, support will also be available at the women’s centre.

Everyone is invited to submit an item of clothing, however only women are permitted in the centre to use the materials.

Every year more and more shirts are added to the display, adding colour and a powerful message to the fundraising barbecue.

Weather permitting, the barbecue will take place at Kumsheen Park (across from the movie theatre) on Apr. 17 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out for some food and see the results of the Clothesline Project.

Food and beverages are by donation, with the proceeds going to the centre’s Golden Safe Home, which is a safe place for women and children fleeing violence.

To learn more about the Golden Safe Home, or other Golden Women’s Resource Centre programs, go to www.goldenwomencentre.ca.

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