DEATHRACE: AU Students Run to Help Abused Women – WE DID IT!

S.L.A.P. Update

WE DID IT, WE DID IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

Just want everyone to know S.L.A.P (Stop Letting Abuse Prevail) 2006 completed the Canadian Death Race that is held in Grande Cache, Alberta every August long weekend. Our time was 22:29.

At this time I would like to thank Jen, John and Dennis for being the awesome support team. Getting each of us to our relay points and making sure we were all safe.

We all did this for personal reasons but the main and most important one was for our shelter (Eagle Women’s Emergency Shelter). This wonderful place makes it possible for our citizens to remain within our community and familiar surroundings. I would like to continue making Black Diamond/Turner Valley the most caring community that I can. I am honoured that I was given this opportunity to profile the HORROR of domestic violence, and also show the world what a wonderful place I live in (Canada). Each of us has ability to help another.

Sincerely
Kim Anderson, Leg 4 runner
Canadian Death Race, S.L.A.P Relay

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We are five normal, everyday ladies, all mums and two grandmothers, in training for this year’s Canadian Death Race, a gruelling endurance race of 125km spanning over 24 hours and covering three mountains in Grande Cache, Alberta.

Why would we put ourselves through this? To raise money for Eagle Women’s Emergency Shelter in the Foothills of Alberta, raise awareness, and help stamp out domestic violence. We have never tried anything like this but feel very strongly that domestic violence is out of control and needs to be addressed. Now.

It’s a frightening fact that almost everyone knows someone who has been a victim of either physical or mental domestic abuse. We believe that increased exposure can help make victims aware that there are numbers they can call for help, and there is no need to suffer any longer. We also feel that domestic abuse and violence is a taboo subject that no one likes to acknowledge and this needs to change. Victims feel humiliated and ashamed and we need to let them know it is ok to talk to someone and to get help.

We are now in full training for the race, and although before this all any of us had ever run was a bath and a temperature, we are determined to do as much as we can to help stop domestic violence. This is a very hard and gruelling race, but with the help and support from each other we hope to complete it and to raise as much money as possible for the shelter. If our hard work only helps one person get out of a frightening situation and gives them the strength to rebuild their life, then it will all have been worth it. Our team name is SLAP – Stop Letting Abuse Prevail. We have a team website with photos and information on each runner and about the shelter: http://www.runforsafety.bravehost.com

We hope you will support us in our quest to stop domestic violence. The race takes place on the August long weekend, beginning Saturday the 5th at 8am and ending Sunday the 6th at 8am. AU student, mother and death-racer, Kim Anderson.

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