Run Purple Soldiers, Run!

Amador County (August 19, 2013)—SAVE THE DATE!!! Operation Care and the GO! Youth Program will be holding the first annual Purple Soldier Neon Fun Run to raise awareness of domestic violence.  This purposeful night-time event scheduled for the evening of Saturday, October 5th, is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, and will begin and end in the parking lot across from their Public Service Building on Dalton Road in Jackson. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the fun run starts at 7:00 p.m.

Why Purple Soldiers?
Every October, Operation Care places purple silhouettes in various locations throughout Amador County, representing local domestic violence victims and their stories of courage and hope. This year, these “Purple People” will come to life as victims and supporters walk/run together as Purple Soldiers against Domestic Violence.  Participants will complete the run/walk in the dark using glow sticks, flashlights, and portable lights.  Runners, walkers, and observers are encouraged to decorate themselves with glow in the dark attire as well.  

All participants registering prior to September 23rd will receive a Purple Soldier t-shirt, wristband, and glow products in advance, so they may arrive in style. Pre-registration forms are available online at www.operationcare.org and at Operation Care’s office, 619 New York Ranch Road in Jackson, or by clipping it from the Ledger Dispatch. Cost for the run/walk is $10.00 for adults. Children 18 and under are FREE. Anyone interested in volunteering for this exciting event should contact Anna at 209-223-2897.  Watch Operation Care’s Facebook page for up-to-date information (https://www.facebook.com/operationcare/events) and join in the fun….so Run Purple Soldiers, Run…or walk to fight against Domestic Violence.

About Operation Care
Operation Care has been providing services and safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1980. During the 2012/13 fiscal year, Operation Care housed 88 women, children, and men. Advocates helped 42 victims with temporary restraining orders, and provided crisis intervention to 30 sexual assault victims. The staff provided 323 peer counseling sessions, and hundreds of transports to appointments, court, and other locations.

The mission of the organization is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education in our community. For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit www.operationcare.org and www.facebook.com/operationcare. 

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