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Rakhi project kicks off in Surrey

Members of the public joined city hall staff and local RCMP members hold purple umbrellas along with small signs during a freeze mob to kick off the fourth annual Rakhi Project in Surrey. - Evan Seal / The Leader
Members of the public joined city hall staff and local RCMP members hold purple umbrellas along with small signs during a freeze mob to kick off the fourth annual Rakhi Project in Surrey.
— image credit: Evan Seal / The Leader

City of Surrey staff along with several community members launched the annual 2014 Rakhi project with a “freeze mob” at city hall Tuesday with participants holding purple umbrellas and carrying signs reading “love and respect” and “take a stand.”

The Rakhi project is a crime reduction strategy initiative designed to raise awareness about domestic abuse and violence against women.

Rakhi is an occasion in India which honours the relationship between brothers and sisters, with a sister tying a bracelet on her brother’s arm as a symbol of love and respect between them and to show they will stand together against domestic violence.

The braided purple bracelets will be sold for $5 each from June 17 to Aug. 10 at select Save-on-Foods locations, Fruiticana, Surrey RCMP, Kwantlen Polytechnic University bookstores, KEYS: Housing and Health solutions and the Surrey Women’s Centre, with all proceeds going to the City of Surrey’s Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (SCADA).

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