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Rising Craven Early College Senior Sel Moo writes about making a difference
Every year, the members of Craven Early College's Junior Civitan host the "New Bern Walks a Mile" event in downtown New Bern. The purpose of the walk is to bring awareness and support to agencies that work with sexual assault and domestic violence. We are able to raise funds for two local agencies, Coastal Women’s Shelter (CWS) and Promise Place, to support and honor their hard work. When Executive Director Tova Hairston from CWS joined as our guest speaker at a Junior Civitan club meeting, she brought awareness of domestic violence in our community and how we, as students, can make a small difference in people’s life. CWS and Promise Place are non-profit organizations that provide a 24-hour crisis line, housing assistance, transportation, clothing, food, support, court assistance, etc., to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico Counties. Based on The National Domestic Hotline, an average of about 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States with more than 12 million women and men over the course of the year. Even though we live in a small town, domestic violence and rape still occur, although we may not hear about it as much. We are very grateful for CWS and Promise Place for their efforts to broaden that awareness. They have worked tirelessly to provide services to those affected. Though these organizations work alongside each other, they both face obstacles such as the lack of supplies, advocates, and funds. This makes it harder for them to have to support victims in our community. Knowing this, we decided that hosting New Bern Walks a Mile would help make a small difference in their agencies and would be worth the effort every May. So each May we walk one mile. We gather at Union Point Park, head down East Front street, Pollock Street, Middle Street, South Front Street, and then back to Union Point Park. This year, we reached out to many businesses and organizations to sponsor our event: Carolina East Health System, Eastern Nephrology Association, Liftavator, Tryon Civitan, Edward Jones (Georgiana Bowman Bircher), Craven Physical Therapy and Spine, Mitchell Hardware, Green Bear Fitness, New Bern Arts & Wellness Center, Craven Animal Hospital, Stubbs Perdue, the UPS Store, ATM Placement Group LLC, Quay & Associates Attorneys at Law, Postal Annex, Carolina Bagel, MSMG, Smith Development, and Bender Apparel. The event was hosted on May 3rd and there were between 70-100 participants. We worked alongside our club advisor, Amanda Smith, who constantly goes above and beyond to make this event a success. We consider each walk to be a success and are very thankful for all those who donated and came out to walk with us. As Junior Civitan believe teamwork, compassion, and understanding go a long way to making this world a better place. We hope you’ll walk with us next May.