Wednesday, March 26, 2014

5K on Derby Greenway to support domestic violence services

DERBY - Walnut Hill Community Church 5K Easter Run-Walk April 12 to fight domestic violence has received the support of the Valley’s top elected officials.
“I am very grateful to each of the Valley’s top elected officials for their agreeing to become advocates for the Walnut Hill Community Church Easter 5K Run-Walk. Their support is vital in our battle against domestic violence,” said the Rev. Walt Mayhew, pastor of Walnut Hill’s Derby campus.
Net proceeds are donated to The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services.

Statistics provided by The Umbrella Center demonstrate that this past year alone, more than 1,500 Valley residents have experienced domestic abuse and received services. 
The hotline has received more than 1,000 calls during that same period.
Their statistics further reveal the average age of the children impacted by this violence is 5.5 years old and that of those children 85 percent have witnessed the violence leading to inappropriate behavior including outbursts of anger, hitting and biting (69 percent), as well as experiencing sleeplessness (25 percent), fear (30 percent and nightmares (30 percent).
“It was statistics such as these that led us to launch the Easter 5K Run-Walk last year and come alongside these families who are precious in God’s sight,” Mayhew said. “This being our second year we wanted to reach out to the top elected officials in the Valley looking to raise both awareness and participation."
Top elected officials in agreeing to be an advocate and join the battle against domestic abuse agreed to place materials to publicize the Run-Walk in government buildings, and ask supporters to place lawn signs promoting the event. 
The Easter 5K Run-Walk will be held April 12 on the Derby Greenway.
Registration is $25. Check-in is at 8 a.m. A Fun Run is at 8:40 a.m. and 5K Walk–Run is at 9 a.m.

For more information or to sign up to participate visit

This post is taken from a press release.


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