The public is invited to hang a string of purple lights in October in recognition of Purple Light Nights, which brings awareness to domestic violence. (Abbotsford News file photo)

The public is invited to hang a string of purple lights in October in recognition of Purple Light Nights, which brings awareness to domestic violence. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Purple Light Nights event sheds light on domestic violence

Lighting ceremony in Abbotsford on Wednesday, Oct. 9

A lighting ceremony takes place Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Abbotsford in recognition of the Purple Light Nights campaign that brings awareness to domestic violence and remembers those who have lost their lives.

The event – hosted by the Violence Against Women in Relationships Committee – runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way.

It features keynote speakers Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun, Mission Mayor Pam Alexis, Susan Short from Fraser Health’s forensic nurse program, and a victim of violence.

The ceremony will also feature the semifinal pieces in an art contest that is focused on the theme of remembering, supporting and giving hope to those affected by domestic violence.

Guests will vote on the winner in each of two categories (community member and high school/university student). The winning pieces will be displayed at The Reach throughout October.

The public is also invited to display a string of purple lights during the month. They can be purchased at Blackwood Building Centre at 33050 South Fraser Way.

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