The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance is working with sexual and domestic violence agencies statewide to launch our first annual (em)POWER CHALLENGE! This event is designed to encourage movement and movement building, to raise funds for the Action Alliance and local sexual and domestic violence agencies who provide frontline support, advocacy, and prevention programming to survivors of violence and their communities, and to bring folks together in a public display of solidarity in support of a Virginia free from violence. This is just one step in our collective journey towards building inclusive, safe, and healthy communities in Virginia where every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and dignity, down to the last child.
What we’re asking you to do:
We want folks to come together in teams (however large or small) to walk, talk, and/or vision in public together. Teams are encouraged to plan a 30-60-minute walking or running course that matches mobility and fitness levels. And we want you to make it special! Explore an area of your city or town that you've never explored. Stroll through your neighborhood and invite neighbors to join you. Check out a nature trail in a nearby park. Whatever makes you feel energized and connected to your friends, neighbors, and community!
You can walk by yourself or you can organize a group of friends or co-workers and register as a team! We encourage you to be creative. This could be a grandparents-grandkids stroll, a dog walk, or an event for your office, sorority, religious or community group, etc. If walking isn’t an available option, we encourage you to plan a gathering or a neighborhood meeting and to use our Walk & Talk Guides as a conversation starter designed to encourage visioning, civic engagement, and supporting community.
Registration and what you’ll get:
The entrance fee is $25 per person and youth under the age of 14 are free. This is a fundraiser for the Action Alliance and local sexual and domestic violence agencies. You can select the name of the agency that you wish to support during registration, and we will share half the proceeds from your registration with them!
Once you register, we will send you an official (em)POWER CHALLENGE! t-shirt so that you/your team will be visible and connected on the day of your walk or gathering. We will also share suggested playlists to set the tone and inspire your team. You will also receive our Walk & Talk Guides filled with suggested topics for guided discussion.
We invite you to share information about your activities with us on our Facebook event page and to use the hashtag #emPowerChallenge.
PLEASE NOTE: After September 24th, if you would like to order t-shirts for your team we need at least a two-week notice before your event date.
Monday, October 1, 2018