Workers Gear up for Provincial Ride to Stop Violence Against Women

July 22, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

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Members of the CAW Local 27 Women's Committee are hitting the road on a motorcycle ride through Southern Ontario communities from July 25-29 to raise awareness around the issue of gender based violence - an event dubbed Highway to Help.

During the last week of July, two CAW Local 27 Women's Committee members, Patty Marshall and Kim Walker, will embark on a 5-day, 2000 km, motorcycle ride that will visit workplaces in 16 communities throughout Southern Ontario. Marshall and Walker will be collecting funds raised in support of the Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Houses (OAITH) - a group that works to educate and promote change for abused women and children afflicted by violence - and in coordination with the provincial Step it Up campaign, aiming to make violence against women an issue for the October 6 election.

Marshall, a lead organizer for the event, said she is overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown in support of this initiative - the first of its kind for the union. Organizers have encouraged CAW members across Ontario to run individual fundraising drives in their workplaces and communities.

"We're looking forward to hitting the road and carry forward the message that we can - and will - stop violence against women," Marshall said.

The Highway to Help will make stops in the communities of Ingersoll, Woodstock, Kitchener, Milton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, St. Thomas and Windsor. The final stop of the ride will be in London on July 29.

Highway to Help itinerary (media availability):

Day 1 - Monday July 25 (Ingersoll, Woodstock, Kitchener, Milton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto)

7:30 a.m.
CAW Local 88 union hall (364 Victoria Street, Ingersoll)

8:30 a.m.
CAW Local 636 union hall (126 Beale Street, Woodstock)

10:00 a.m.
Lear Kitchener (530 Manitou Drive, Kitchener)

10:15 a.m.
Ventra (675 Trillium Drive, Kitchener)

10:30 a.m.
Grand River Transit (250 Strasburg Road, Kitchener)

12:00 p.m.
Food Basics (500 Laurier Avenue, Milton)

1:00 p.m.
Mississauga Seating Systems (400 Courtneypark Drive East, Mississauga)

1:45 p.m.
Ford Motor Company (8000 Dixie Road, Brampton)

3:00 p.m.
CAW Local 112 union hall (30 Tangiers Road, North York)

Day 2 - Tuesday July 26 (Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Peterborough)

8:00 a.m.
CAW Local 1090 union hall (140 Hunt Street, Ajax)

9:00 a.m.
Sobeys Retail Support Centre (100 Nordeagle Street, Whitby)

10:00 a.m.
CAW Local 222 union hall (1425 Phillip Murray Avenue, Oshawa)

1:00 p.m.
G.E. Canada (107 Park Street South, Peterborough)

1:30 p.m.
Pepsico Foods Canada Inc (34 Hunter Street, Peterborough)

Day 3 - Wednesday July 27 (St. Catharines, Niagara Falls)

11:30 a.m.
CAW Local 199 union hall (124 Bunting Road, St. Catharines)

2:00 p.m.
Coutts (Library) Information Services (6900 Kinsmen Court, Niagara Falls)

Day 4 - Thursday July 28 (St. Thomas)

1:00 p.m.
CAW Local 2168 union hall (7-399 South Edgeware Road, St. Thomas)

Day 5 - Friday July 29 (Windsor, London)

9:00 a.m.
Green Shield Canada (8677 Anchor Drive, Windsor)

9:30 a.m.
Chrysler Security-Windsor (2199 Chrysler Centre Drive, Windsor)

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Home BBQ
K's Sports Lounge & Grill (609 Clarke Road, London)

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