TRUSU aims to help women escaping violence

A tampon drive hosted by TRUSU will help provide basic necessities for women in need

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

Olivia Skagos has already gathered some donations for the TRUSU tampon drive, but hopes to see a lot more come in. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Olivia Skagos has already gathered some donations for the TRUSU tampon drive, but hopes to see a lot more come in. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

TRUSU women’s representative Olivia Skagos has organized a tampon drive to benefit the Kamloops Y Women’s Emergency Shelter for this year’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

“We really wanted to be proactive in creating a dialogue and action targeting violence against women,” Skagos said. “[TRUSU] identified the Y Women’s Shelter as a really excellent organization [that is] really working on the ground to get women out of those dangerous situations.”

Skagos is canvassing the TRU and Kamloops communities for items the shelter identified as most needed, including feminine hygiene products, toiletries, bus passes and pajamas.

Michele Walker, director of violence against women intervention and support services for the Kamloops YMCA/YWCA, said the shelter relies on community support to provide these needs because the their funding does not cover everything.

“Sometimes women are leaving with little or nothing, [and] often don’t have access to a lot of finances while they are here,” Walker said. Providing basic toiletries and self-care items is a big help, she added.

Walker said this fundraiser also helps connect the organization with the TRU community.

“We’re able to bring some awareness on violence against women and how that affects people in our community,” she said, “including women who are in university, who are working at the university.”

Violence against women crosses all socioeconomic statuses, according to Walker, but she stressed that the important message is that there is help for women within the community.

TRUSU will accept donations until Dec. 6, the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Opened boxes of feminine hygiene products will be accepted. All donations can be dropped off at the TRUSU help desk located in the Campus Activity Centre.

The Kamloops Y Women’s Emergency Shelter is open 24/7. To find out more call 250-374-6162 or text 250-682-7931. You can reach Michele Walker by email at michele.shelter@kamloopsy.ca

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  1. Kathryn Robertson Nov. 27, 2013