Moms Unite, Red Cross to bring orphans Christmas cheer

2010-11-24 00:00

THE South African Red Cross Society, in partnership with Moms Unite, has planned a campaign of 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children.

It will kick off on Saturday with a Christmas party for about 200 orphaned and vulnerable children at the Ama­hlongwa Community Hall.

The aim is to raise awareness among South Africans about the impact of violence on women and children.

The branch manager of the Red Cross in Port Shepstone, Mohamed Ally, said the campaign will “challenge people to change their behaviour and involve men in combating violence”.

“We will also be highlighting the stories of survivors of violence, using their experiences as motivation to show that people can speak out against violence.”

The campaign is also aimed at raising funds for Red Cross to provide support for victims and survivors of violence.

Ally said a partnership between the government, the private sector, faith-based organisations and the media should be encouraged to help combat the problem.

The event will involve delegates from organisations such as the SA Police Force and the Welfare Department and will feature talks about domestic and gender-based violence.

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