All this week, Rob and AJ from u93 are on the roof of the Ironwood/SR23 Martin's, raising money and awareness for child abuse prevention. I remember back in high school when we would listen to Taylor Richards (aka Corey Mann) do the same thing. Last year, Rob and AJ invited me to be a part of their candlelight vigil Thursday night, and we're doing it again this year.
I'd love to see you there, too. I'll speak for a few minutes from my own experience with this stuff, and we'll all take a moment to focus our own awareness on the issue. This is from an email Rob at u93 just sent me:
"Basically, we're speaking for those who are unable to speak for themselves. AJ and I are privileged to be in a position to not only raise money for the programs, but use that time to educate people who can help, people who may be abusers because of the cycle of abuse repeating, and to also let a child who keeps the abuse a secret know that they are loved, and there are people there to help them. We know this year its going to be a true challenge to raise money, the economy has taken a hard hit here in Michiana.. and sadly everyday new child abuse cases are coming in. Money problems lead to higher child abuse numbers. But we are still dedicated to the cause - if it takes a village to raise a child, then it also takes that same village to protect one... And in 2 years AJ and I have seen this community care more than we thought possible!"
I really hope you'll join Rob, AJ, and me Thursday night. Here are the details:
Thursday, June 25, 9:30pm
(come early! there will be live music before the vigil)
Martin's Supermarket at the corner of Ironwood and SR 23 in South Bend
in the parking lot by the side door deli
Why? Because the evils that affect children come to affect all of us; those wounds play out in cycles of brokenness and hurt that spread like wildfire. Without vigilant awareness, violence will win. But when we each do our part, we discover that we have a tremendous amount of collective power to confront darkness with light. Don't miss a chance to see it firsthand.
See you Thursday!