It was cold, a strong breeze made October feel like November, and it drizzled off and on through the morning. Regardless, 35 women, girls, men and even two dogs, walked briskly from Burlington Commons to the intersection of Route 62. Guided skillfully by three Burlington police officers Sahelis walked to raise awareness about the high rates of domestic violence in American communities.
The Annual Walk marks October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Walk was organized this year by Tanvi Devimane, Board Member and Rita Shah, Family Services Coordinator. Both were fortunate to have the help and support of their husbands and children.Under the leadership of 9th grader Neil Pandit and his sister Maya, nine students from the High School and their parents walked alongside Sahelis. Tanvi and Rita organized hot tea, granola bars, delicious cookies from Ahmedabad for a post walk celebration in the Saheli Office. Walkers were asked to support Purple Purse an online national campaign to raise awareness and funds about domestic violence. Gently used clothing from Smita’s Boutique were available for sale in the office and a few items were sold to Walkers. Thank you organizers.
Thank you for participating in the Annual Walk. If you wish to volunteer next year in October, just write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.