Community events are an important part of our work. Whether we are hosting the event or it is organized through a 3rd party, events help to raise much-needed funds for CVTS and increase awareness about the work we are doing in the community.
Each year, there are 5 key events that take place in the Comox Valley that support women, children and families who access CVTS services. Learn more about these events below:
The Comox Valley Coldest Night of the Year is a winter walk-a-thon raising money for people who are struggling through poverty and homelessness in the Comox Valley. CVTS partners with Dawn To Dawn Action on Homelessness Society to host this annual event which takes place the last Saturday of February.
Each year, a group of volunteers get together to organize an annual Comox Valley International Women’s Day Festival. The event takes place on March 8, the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality, and is a fundraiser for Comox Valley Transition Society.
Peace begins at home…it’s an idea that many of us hold dear. But for many women, children, elders and families in our communitt, this is not the case. For too many, home is not a place of safety, security and sanctuary; instead, it is a place where family members or intimate partners use violence and coercion to maintain power and control. For two weeks in April, CVTS works to educate the community about the continued issue of domestic violence, encouraging people to wear purple ribbons and do their part to help end family violence.
For the past five years, Comox Valley Royal LePage has organized the Petite Fondo, a 44K, 55K or 75K cycle that raises money for Lilli House. The ride takes place early September, and the Royal LePage team puts together an event to suit any level of cyclist, complete with breakfast, snacks, wine tasting destinations, entertainment and a wrap-up BBQ at the end of the ride. To date, this event has raised more than $50,000 to support women and their children in the Comox Valley who are fleeing abuse.
December 6 marks the anniversary of the massacre at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal (December 6, 1989) that saw the promising lives of 14 young women cut violently short. This senseless act of targeted violence shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.