Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2019. 10:22 am CST.
By BBN Staff: This morning, Haven House Belize, an organization that provides emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, hosted a 5 kilometer run in Belize City to raise awareness on domestic violence and its surrounding issues.
Participants gathered at the DIGI Park at 5:30 for the run that took them down Princess Margaret Drive around the median in front of Val-U-Med Pharmacy, back up to Princess Margaret Drive, and ending back at the DIGI Park.
Mindi Pratt, Program Director at Haven House Belize, explained that the event was held in Honor of the upcoming 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, and also used as a fundraiser for the organization which is non-governmental and non-profit.
“Even though it’s a fundraiser the key thing about the event is the awareness, so next year, even if you didn’t buy a shirt we want you to come out and run with us,” Pratt said.
Pratt added that the event had a great turnout and accredited much of the success to partnering organizations which included Digi, Bowen & Bowen, San Cas, BEL, BWS, Belize City Council, Little Star Printing Belize High School, and Edward P Yorke students, Karen Rosito, and Breaking Belize News.
The fundraising efforts are going towards Haven House’s upcoming project, which is purchasing a transition house to give domestic violence survivors a place to stay as they try to get back on their feet.