Surviving sexual assault is serious business. Advocating for sexual assault survivors is serious business. Loving and supporting a survivor is serious business. Even as the #MeToo movement is bringing unprecedented awareness of sexual assault and harassment to the fore of public consciousness and turbo charging the work to change the culture, the daily headlines alone are triggering and exhausting for many people.
That’s why BARCC’s annual Walk for Change is fun and festive. We all need to lighten our load every now and again, because self-care is critical to the work of ending sexual assault. On Sunday, April 22, we’ll enjoy a day of community with delicious food, music, fun, and games at Artesani Park in Brighton.
This is truly an event your whole family will enjoy—including pooches and pups of all kinds, so long as they’re leashed. We’ve got a bunch of fun and entertaining activities for kids of all ages: face painting, sign making, bubbles, temporary tattoos, team photos, button making, and vendors with fun merch. The gravity-defying performers of Diamond Family Circus Troupe will bring a bit of the Big Top to the festivities. We’ll wrap up the day with live music.
Though BARCC designed the Walk for Change to be a comfortable place for every member of your family—from infants to older teens to Grandma and Grandpa—we recognize that explaining the event’s purpose to younger kids might give parents or guardians pause. Indeed, you’re the best judge of whether the Walk is right for your child(ren). If you’re looking for help talking about the event in age-appropriate ways, we’ve prepared this guide.
No matter your taste, we’ve got delicious food to power you through the day, too. Complimentary granola bars, fruit, coffee, and water will be available while they last. Food truck vendors will also be dishing up a variety of tasty meals, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fare. The food trucks at the Walk for Change won’t be slinging free hash, but we guarantee you won’t mind tossing a few bucks their way if you need to fuel your walk or if you work up an appetite on the road. That’s because some of the best meals on wheels will be rolling up to our event:
- Ben and Jerry's
- Bon Me
- Taco Party
- Chicken and Rice Guys
- Roving Lunchbox
- Third Cliff Bakery
- Sheherazad Food
Last, but certainly not least, you’ll see lots of smiling faces at the Walk for Change! There will be people cheering you along, people you can walk with if you came on your own (look for people wearing yellow Walk with Me buttons!), and people excited to be surrounded by others they know are dedicated to supporting survivors.
We can’t wait to see you all at Artesani Park on April 22! Learn more about the Walk for Change and register today!