Surrey ‘freeze mob’ promotes awareness of domestic abuse

SURREY – The issue of domestic abuse awareness was front and centre at Surrey City Hall Tuesday when a "freeze mob" descended on the site in order to promote the cause.


As part of Surrey’s 2014 Rakhi Project, event participants all held static poses at the same time in order to gain the surrounding public’s attention. Those taking part in the mob also held signs imploring "love & respect" and urging the public to "take a stand" against domestic abuse.


The event kicked off an eight-week campaign planned by the city.


In Indian culture, Rakhi is a special celebration of the loving relationship between brothers and sisters, and is signified by tying a rakhi thread or bracelet around the wrist.


Bracelets handcrafted by local artist Karen Lipsett-Kidd are available for $5 each, with all proceeds going to the city’s Coalition Against Domestic Abuse.


Bracelets will be available from June 17 to August 10 at select Save-on-Foods, Fruticana, the Surrey RCMP, Kwantlen bookstores, KEYS: Housing & Health Solutions and Surrey Women’s Centre.