October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Please mark your calendar for the following two special events, in support of CODA- Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse.
Domestic violence is a serious and potentially lethal epidemic that continues to grow as the local population increases. South Carolina currently ranks 2nd in the nation for the rate of women murdered by men (Violence Policy Center 2014) and Beaufort County ranks 10th in the state for the number of victims reporting domestic violence incidents (SLED 2012). CODA is the only organization serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties that provide comprehensive services to adult and child survivors of domestic abuse.
Take a Stand in the Sand
Join the Campaign to End Violence Against Women on Saturday, October 3. Take A Stand in the Sand—Zonta Says NO! The Zonta Club of Hilton Head invites you to participate in a one-mile walk, starting at Coligny Beach Park. The walk will end with a closing candlelight vigil in conjunction with Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, and the Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking. The event is free and registration/check in begins at 6 p.m. with the sunset walk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please register online at www.zontahhi.org or via Facebook at Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island. The Zonta Club of Hilton Head Island was chartered more than 30 years ago. Zonta members volunteer their time, talents, and money to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship and award programs aimed at furthering women’s education and leadership in the world.
Lowcountry Love Stop Domestic Abuse
Annual Fundraiser & Awareness Event
CODA and My Sister’s Keeper's fundraising and awareness event will be held Sunday, October 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the May River home of Peggy Parker on Myrtle Island in Bluffton. Special guests include Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalists of the Post and Courier series “Till Death Do Us Part,” Doug Pardue, Natalie Hauff, Glenn Smith and Jennifer Hawes, as well as Wendy Pollitzer, local author
of the book SOUTH: What it Means to be Here in Heart or in Spirit. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at www.codalowcountry.org. Proceeds will benefit CODA and local survivors of domestic abuse. Be immersed in the sights and sounds of this very special evening. Invigorating music by The Lavon Stevens Band floating on October breezes, surrounded by the beauty of remnants of the harvest moon, reflecting on the high tide of the May River. Enjoy delicious food, wine, and the satisfaction of being the piece that completes the puzzle-the piece that is needed to heal the hurt of domestic abuse in our community. Be enlightened, be aware and be the answer. Your support is essential to fully serve the 600-plus adult and child survivors of domestic abuse that CODA expects to see in the coming year.