21st Annual R.A.V.E. Walk is April 28th in Westwood

Rape and Violence Eradication Walk in Bergen County

The Zonta Club of Northern Valley New Jersey is holding its 21st Annual Rape and Violence Eradication Walk in Bergen County on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Pascack Brook County Park in Westwood. The purpose of the annual R.A.V.E. Walk is to raise funds and awareness to benefit The Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters), the YWCA healingSPACE (formerly the Rape Crisis Center), and the Women’s Rights Information Center. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the walk begins at 10:00 am. The walk route around the lake is a quarter of a mile. Walkers may walk as much as they want.

The Rape and Violence Eradication Walk in Bergen County will be held rain or shine and will feature a “Rover’s for R.A.V.E.” and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs (they must be leashed). For more information about the Zonta Club of Northern Valley NJ and walk registration forms, visit www.zontanvnj.org/RAVEWALK.

There is no registration fee for but individuals are encouraged to raise at least $25. All corporate and school teams that raise at least $500 will receive a plaque in recognition of their efforts. Student, family, and community teams are welcome.

Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to Zonta Club of Northern Valley, Inc. Your may mail your donations to P.O. Box 5217, Bergenfield, NJ or bring them to the event on April 28th.

YWCA Bergen County’s healingSPACE will again host the Traveling Clothesline Project at the Walk. These powerful displays are designed to raise awareness of the devastating impact violence has on the community, featuring hundreds of t-shirts created by survivors of personal violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, child abuse and murder. Creating shirts promotes healing by providing survivors with an avenue to break the silence of their victimization, and allows others insight into their personal experience. T-shirts will be available at the walk for anyone who would like to make one.

The Zonta Club of Northern Valley NJ is a chartered club of Zonta International, www.zonta.org, whose mission is to improve the status of women locally and internationally through advocacy and service. The club has been serving the women of Bergen County and internationally for more than 60 years. Zonta NVNJ holds a dinner meeting every 3rd Tuesday from September through May. If you are interested in learning more about membership in this organization visit www.zontanvnj.org or call 201-970-7636.

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