Hiatus House receives donations thanks to Public Relations Club
By Mayra Lacayo
The St.Clair College Public Relations club has raised more than $1,000 for the Hiatus House in Windsor.
The public relations club organized a fundraiser at the Oasis Bar and Lounge in east Windsor where students sold raffle tickets and collected donations from local businesses.
Hiatus House has been in Windsor for 40 years and is a social service agency that offers confidential help for victims of domestic violence. The women’s shelter is open 24 hours, seven days a week, providing a residential program and emergency refuge for women and their children.
Public relations club President Tori Roovers and club member Emily Borland presented the cheque to Karry Plaskitt who works for Hiatus House and is the “Shine the Light” fundraising coordinator at HIatus House
“It’s nice to see young people giving back to the community and that are choosing to stand against violence like hiatus house,” said Plaskitt
The public relations club held the fundraiser in November which is Domestic Abuse Awareness month. A segment by CTV was aired showing that Hiatus House had to turn women away for the first time since it’s opening.
“What better time to raise money than domestic violence awareness month,” said Roovers.
It took the the public relations club one event to raise the money, thanks to the community and 27 local businesses.
“We are really proud to have raised this type of money and the support from the community,” said Roovers.
One of Windsor’s most generous donors to the event was BB Branded assistant manager Billy Yannacopulos.
“We try to give back to the community whenever we can,” said Yannacopulos.
According to the Ministry of Women Issues, women are four times more than likely men to be victims of violence and four out of 10 women will experience spousal abuse.
To support the Hiatus House visit website HiatusHouse.com/donations or call 519 252 1143.