I’m sure many have heard about the worldwide movement that is happening right now called #Saveourchildren and last Monday, the two Lead Activists for this movement in Cornwall and the organizers of the Save Our Children Awareness March happening this coming Saturday, September 19th, Daniele Brabant (seen in above photo left) and Samantha Martin-Macpherson (seen in above photo right) joined The Seeker Chicks as guests on the “Monday Morning Motivation Show”. You can watch the show at: https://www.facebook.com/TheSeekerNewspaper/videos/1237137079965252
As a follow up to the show and a promotion for the upcoming march, on Saturday, September 19th from 1-3pm at Cornwall City Hall/Justice Building, here is our 5 Question interview with the girls about the event.
1 – Daniele, what is your event and how did it come about?
Our event is an awareness march/protest to raise awareness against human trafficking.
We are a group of 1.3k amazing community members who have come together to work on bringing awareness to our community and neighbouring communities about the services and organizations that work with children/youth as well as work against child sexual abuse/assault, child sexual exploitation, child sex trafficking, child pornography/ pedophilia.
I first discovered this movement through Facebook as it is a viral movement around the world. I chose to start a march here in our own city. Being a survivor of child abuse when I was a young child, I decided to do something to help others.
Samantha joined in and has been an amazing co-organizer.
2. Daniele, what is your event in support of and does it reoccur every year?
We have incorporated a Fundraiser into our event and donated #SaveOurChildren merchandise including cloth masks, t-shirts, posters/signs and vehicle decals will be on sale during our event. Proceeds will be going to the Children’s Treatment Centre which is a local underfunded organization. For more info about this organization please visit: www.childrenstreatmentcentre.ca
If you would you like to donate to the #SaveOurChildren Cornwall Fundraiser, there are 4 ways in which you can do so:
A – Go to the Children’s Treatment Centre website and scroll to the bottom of the homepage to donate,
B – Go into any branch of BMO Bank of Montreal and ask to deposit into account # 2321-8997-634
C – Send an e-transfer (EMT) to firstname.lastname@example.org
D – Pop some cash (every little bit helps!) in the donation jars located at: All 7 Gaetan’s Chip Stands in the area, Locey’s Ice Cream Stand (on Hwy 138), Kids Korner (141 Pitt St, Cornwall), REMAX Heather Ouderkirk and MJ’s Hair Salon (841 Sydney Street, Cornwall).
3. Samantha, how does your event help to make this community a better place?
This event helps to make our community better by standing as one in unity to show support for victims of abuse and trafficking. We hope to get out beneficial information to the public so they can help a child they think may be in need of assistance. By allowing people to become more aware of how serious these issues are in our own backyards, we can show these offenders that we will not sit back and allow our children to be mistreated.
We have confirmed our Guest Speakers for our #SaveOurChildren Cornwall Awareness Protest March this Saturday: 1 pm.- Introducing the Lead Organizers & Fundraisers – Mayor Bernadette Clement – Geraldine Fitzpatrick Borland – former worker at CAS Investigative Unit & Project Truth witness – Patrick Dussault, Anti-Human Trafficking – Akwesasne – Carole Cardinal-Lorrie, Vice-President The Children’s Treatment Centre. After the March (approx. 3 pm) we will hear from Guest Speakers:- Doug VanderHorden from Kingston On, the Founder of FAST 101 “Fighting Against Sex Trafficking”
4. Samantha, what is unique about your event?
Our event is unique In the way that we have so many people in our community and surrounding communities coming together to make this successful, as well as incorporating a fundraiser for the Children’s Treatment Centre to help raise money for their amazing services in regards to children who are survivors of abuse.
5. Samantha, how can people participate or help make this event a success?
People can participate and help to make this even successful by being present. Show you stand in solidarity against these issues. Let these victims know they are not alone and their lives are important to each and every one of us.
We have the support of our Mayor Bernadette Clement and City Hall, as well as various community support groups in Cornwall. The Cornwall Community Police Service will be attending our March to keep everyone safe as well as to block off traffic. Informational pamphlets will be handed out by our volunteers. Social distancing monitors have been put in place and first aid volunteers will be present.
This event will be made successful if everyone can follow the guidelines given by the health unit in regards to social distancing and mask wearing. It will be especially successful if we provide the information needed in order to help a child in need.
and a Bonus Question – Samantha, what are the contact details for more information?
You can call: 343-370-9248
And join our Facebook group, #SaveOurChildren Cornwall Awareness March/Peaceful Protest
We are expecting an amazing turn out and we hope that you will join us and take part in this important peaceful protest march to end child exploitation, child trafficking, child sexual abuse and to #SaveOurChildren who are so precious to us.
Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday, September 19th at 1pm at Cornwall City Hall/Justice Building!