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Annual 5K walk/run takes strides against domestic violence
June 22 event sponsored by the Park Church
Published Saturday, June 15, 2019 6:45 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

The Park Church’s annual 5K Walk/Run against Domestic Violence is June 22.

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Addressing domestic violence requires consistency.

The Park Church’s sixth annual 5K Walk/Run Against Domestic Violence takes place on June 22 at The Park Expo & Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. Proceeds benefit Safe Alliance and the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage—programs designed to prevent domestic violence as well as assist people impacted by it.

“It has been our privilege to partner with Safe Alliance and the Jamie Kimble Foundation for a number of years, of raising the awareness concerning domestic violence,” The Park Church Senior Pastor Bishop Claude Alexander said. “In far too many congregations, there are people who suffer silently.”

Mecklenburg County reported that 8,845 police incident reports were filed with a domestic violence relationship during Fiscal Year 2017. Simple assault and communicating threats accounted for a majority of the charges—5,249 and 1,045 respectively.

Safe Alliance has a domestic violence shelter in the Clyde and Ethel Domestic Violence Shelter, which opened in the winter of 2012-13. The 40,000 square foot facility includes state-of-the-art security, more than double the size of their previous shelter and 80 beds versus the previous 29.

The Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage provides education, prevention, awareness and research regarding intimate partner violence.

“What we seek to do, is to provide space and voice for them to get the help that they need, and to let people know that this is not something that should be tolerated, nor that we do tolerate,” Alexander said. “We seek to be a haven. We seek to intervene. We seek to be a safe, supportive place.”  

The Park Church has taken a programmatic approach to eradicating domestic violence for nearly two decades. The congregation partners with area ministries, including Myers Park United Methodist Church for Man Up Against Domestic Violence, a runway collaboration. The two congregations came together to target the issue by highlighting strong male leadership.

Race details:

Date and time: June 22 at 7:45 a.m.

Registration: 6:45 a.m.

Cost before June 19: $25

Cost the day of the race: $35


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