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Posted May 13 , 2013

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Fund Raising Grants

Strong support still needed for victims of sexual violence here in KW

Waterloo, ON, May 16, 2013 – Last night, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo handed out $12,000 in service grants to women’s health and well-being programs in our community.

Amid increased publicity about violence against women around the world—from gang rapes in India to the sexual assault and bullying of the late Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons—Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo helps to ensure support is available to women in our community when they need it most.

“May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and it’s an unfortunate coincidence that there is such a compelling need to keep essential programs open to women facing violence in our community,” said Fran Fisher, President of Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo.

After 35 years, the Club has donated well over a million dollars towards women’s initiatives by fundraising at events like the Zonta Film Festival, International Women’s Day and the Betty Thompson Golf Classic.

“I am amazed at all we have accomplished, but the work is not over yet,” said Fisher.

Looking over the list of organizations receiving grants from the Club this year, it’s obvious why the women of Zonta remain ever-committed to their cause. Zonta Club of KW provided service grants to

• Sexual Assault Support Centre, which provides a crisis line and free support for those who have been sexually assaulted as children or adults;
• Family Violence Program’s Relocation Project to help victims of domestic violence relocate from Anselma House to a permanent residence;
• Elizabeth Fry Society, which counsels and advocates on behalf of women who come in conflict with the law;
• Planned Parenthood’s sexual health education and counselling services; and
• Reception House, which helps government assisted refugees settle in Waterloo Region.
To learn more about Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo and how you can support women in our community and around the world, visit www.zontakw.org.


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