MTSO is happy to donate a beautiful gift basket of our products to the SACE upcoming fundraising gala, for their “From the Heart”-themed auction.
The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is a not-for profit agency that has been in operation since 1975. Each year, they provide thousands of hours of counselling to all survivors of sexual violence over the age of three, as well as public education, a 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line, and outreach to diverse and marginalized communities. Not only are they the only agency in this City that provides these services, but they do so without charging fees.
On Wednesday, February 11th 2015, SACE will be hosting It Takes Two, a Valentine’s Day themed fundraising event at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel. This is an opportunity for the community to come together in support of those who have been impacted by sexual violence, and to demonstrate our commitment to standing up against this crime which affects so many. The evening will include a reception and international buffet dinner, inspiring musical performances and guest speakers, a live auction, and a special SACE video release, as well as our “From the Heart”-themed silent auction. This year’s Honorary Chair will be Sarah Chan.
Why MTSO supports SACE
With 1 in 3 Canadian women and at least 1 in 6 Canadian men experiencing sexual violence in their lifetime, this is an issue that impacts every individual, family and community. Sexual violence crosses all social boundaries, affects individuals of every age, gender, cultural background, ability, sexual orientation, and socio-economic level, and can have devastating impacts on the lives of victims, their loved ones, and their communities. With statistics as high as they are, we all know someone who has been affected by this crime.
The impact of sexual assault in our community cannot be overstated. With over one million residents in the greater Edmonton area, national statistics indicate that we can expect more than 250,000 individuals in our City alone have been, or will be, personally impacted by this crime. Of course, these are not just individuals living in isolation; they are integral parts of our community. They have partners, employers and friends. They are parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents. They are adults of all genders, and often they are boys and girls. They are police officers, lawyers and business owners, grocery store clerks and bankers. Individuals who have experienced sexual violence are absolutely essential to the functioning of our homes, schools, work, and daily lives.