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.

Rakhi project kicks off in Surrey

Crime reduction strategy raises awareness about domestic abuse and violence against women.

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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