With November being Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Canada, a local business has been raising funds to support victims of sexual assault.
For the past two years, Curvy Chick on Scott Street has held a cupcake fundraiser in November.
Store owner Jennifer Horton was able to sell 162 cupcakes this time around.
“Everybody likes cupcakes, so I thought it was just a good way to support the program and everybody gets cupcakes,” she reasoned.
Last year, Horton sold roughly six dozen cupcakes and is glad to see the fundraiser growing each year.
“We’ve doubled the number of cupcakes from last year, which is exciting,” she enthused.
“Next year, it would be good to sell more so every year we keep growing.”
Horton has raised close to $170 so far, which will be donated to sexual assault patient care at Riverside Health Care here.
“We’re hoping to purchase some specialized equipment, and eventually we would like to designate a space for sexual assault victims that come into the hospital for patient care,” said Jacquee Loerzel, a community family violence counsellor at Riverside.
As well, the Fort Frances Canadians PeeWee ‘AA’ hockey team held a bake sale, and raised awareness by wearing purple, back on Nov. 3 at the “Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
The sale received overwhelming support, generating around $1,400 to bring the total being donated to Riverside up to $1,570
Loerzel is grateful to the community’s support so far, noting domestic violence is an issue that affects too many people locally.
“Domestic violence is a serious issue in our community,” she stressed.
“It’s an issue that’s not just happening everywhere but right here close to home, as well.”
Loerzel is thankful to Horton, and the town as a whole, for being so supportive of Riverside during Woman Abuse Prevention Month.