The Fraser River Footbridge will be bathed in purple light on Oct. 16. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel’s Fraser River Footbridge will be lit purple to mark intimate partner violence

Amata Transition House will be filming a PSA video as the lights turn on at the bridge

The Quesnel Fraser River Footbridge will be lit up in purple on Oct. 16, to raise awareness of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

Amata Transition House will also host an event and filming a video to help bring awareness to the various roles people play in preventing IPV.

“Ultimately we want all Quesnel storefront and retail businesses to get a sticker and recognize the value and importance of being an advocate for those being harmed,” Amata Transition House executive director Lauren Johnson said in an email.

“Sometimes it’s in plain sight. Oftentimes people stay silent thinking someone else will respond. Many times people feel powerless and voiceless when it comes to someone displaying aggression and anger. Silence is deadly.”

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Nazko Chief Leah Stump and city councillor and Quesnel school board chair Tony Goulet will be at the bridge on Oct. 16 to speak.

The video will be released on Oct. 18.

Amata also was one of six Cariboo organizations which received a over $9,000 donation from Chemo RV.

It wasn’t clear what Amata would use the extra funds for, with their list of needs being so long. Food, bedding, cleaning supplies, new dining room furniture and another storage shed were all listed as possible uses for the funds.

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