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The community is invited to a candlelight vigil during Domestic Violence Awareness month to remember victims, honor survivors and explore opportunities to act to make a difference.
The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 on the east side of South Park in downtown Lawrence.
Activities will start at 5:30 p.m. with opportunities to create a T-shirt for the Clothesline Project and to visit with local organizations and learn about ways to help. Live music, speakers and the candlelight vigil will begin at 6:15 p.m. The community is invited to send a photo to be part of a slideshow in honor or memory of those affected by domestic violence.
The event will be held near the small stage in South Park, between the gazebo and the courthouse. For those wishing to participate in the Clothesline Project, please bring a white or light-colored T-shirt that can be decorated with a story or message of solidarity.
#BeMoreLikeClaire is organizing the event with the support of the Ballard Center, Children’s Advocacy Center of Douglas County, Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center and Willow Domestic Violence Center.
#BeMoreLikeClaire is an organization that works to carry on the legacy of Claire VanLandingham by cultivating the power of collective generosity so that all may live a safe and healthy life. VanLandingham, a promising young Navy dentist, was a passionate volunteer who planned to make the world a more fair, compassionate and loving place for all. At age 27, she was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. #BeMoreLikeClaire carries on the work she most certainly would have done.
The community can go online to find additional information, register, submit slideshow photos or order a free T-shirt, and volunteer for the event.