Friday morning rally kicking off Walk of Hope

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A Friday morning rally will kick off this year’s Walk of Hope: No Woman Deserves to be Hurt.

Conrad Burns, left, and Beverly Benson and her son walk as a part of a group heading north on Second Street West to embark on the inaugural Walk of Hope to Saskatoon in 2012. 

Before continuing on a southbound walking trek from Prince Albert to Saskatoon, a Friday morning rally will kick off this year’s Walk of Hope: No Woman Deserves to be Hurt.

The intent of the walk, organizer Conrad Burns explained on correspondence with the Herald, is to raise awareness about abuse toward women, of whom one in four are abused.

This statistic, and the fact that approximately one in 10 people are alcoholics, is “far too high,” he wrote.

"I’ve had friends in my life that left abusive relationships and they didn't know where to turn,” Burns said in the lead up to 2012’s inaugural Walk of Hope.

“The (purpose of the) Walk of Hope was to educate people, (make them) aware of where to turn to and who they can turn to.”

Friday’s rally at city hall will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a walk up to the Prince Albert Court of Queen’s Bench, where a prayer will take place.

By 11 a.m., the main walkers will leave the courthouse south toward Saskatoon, heading first down Central Avenue, turning west on 28th Street to Second Avenue West and then down the highway.

Along the way, the first night will be spent in Duck Lake, the second night in Rosthern, and the third night in Wansukewin.

Several walks and marches against violence have taken place in Prince Albert so far this summer, sparked in part by the June 1 violent assault of Marlene Bird in downtown Prince Albert.

A strong forward momentum has been built thus far, with a more peaceful society the underlying goal of all marches.

Anyone interested in attending Friday’s 9 a.m. rally at city hall is invited to do so.

Organizations: Prince Albert Court

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Central Avenue, 28th Street Duck Lake Rosthern Wansukewin

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