The 2016 Miles For Smiles Walk took place in Bowring Park, St. John’s, on Sunday, April 24/16 and was a huge success. The beautiful weather brought lots of supporters to the park for the 4th annual event. Musical entertainment included the very talented Kimberley Lilly, Juanita Lidster, Valerie and Bill Hawco. As promised, there were lots of activities for the kids included face painting provided by 1st St. John’s Rangers; laser tag, bouncy castles and refreshments provided by Frontline Action. A great event for a great cause.
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The Miles For Smiles Foundation and Survivors Helping Survivors are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. “With the Miles For Smiles NL Bike Ride our goal was to raise funds for existing local agencies which provide services for victims of child abuse and/or sexual violence.”
Bev Moore-Davis (Miles For Smiles Foundation, NL) and Andy Bhatti (Survivors Helping Survivors, BC) rode bicycles in Newfoundland from Port aux Basques to St. John’s (July 25 -August 8, 2015). Prominent Newfoundlander and actress Shannon Tweed-Simmons, along with her sister Sara were on hand for the welcome home ceremony in St. John’s on August 8th.
Proceeds from the bike ride were donated to two different organizations. Donations to the Miles For Smile Foundation, Newfoundland and Labrador, went directly to Thrive, St. John’s. Thrive is an organization that focuses on marginalized youths. It is an umbrella organization that works with the community to address gaps in services, build community partnerships, increase awareness of existing programs and services and conduct outreach to our most challenged youths.
All donations to Survivors Helping Survivors, British Columbia, went to to Sophie’s Place, a Child Advocacy Centre in British Columbia. Sophie’s Place is an important agency that provides support for children that have experienced sexual abuse or assaults. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused in Canada before the age of sixteen and Sophie’s Place is one of the few agencies in Canada that provides support to thousands of these victims.
In February Bev and her husband traveled to Tucson, Arizona to be the first Newfoundlanders trained as facilitators in a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, offered through the Darkness to Light.
The ultimate mission of D2L, is to end childhood sexual abuse, this can only be accomplished by sharing the solution of prevention, awareness and education with more and more people. This, in turn, builds momentum and over time, changes the way our nation and culture cares for, protects and nurtures our children. Being an active participant in the mission to end childhood sexual abuse is one of the most rewarding things we will ever do – and we cannot do it without you.
We believe that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped. That’s why D2L exists – to empower adults through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse.”
Find them on http://www.d2l.org
Bev plans to travel and teach the program throughout the province.
Please message if interested, firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally the Miles For Smiles walk was scheduled for the Mundy Pond Trails. However with its growing support it was decided that the trail and parking area might not be able to accommodate the expected crowd. The decision was made to move the walk to Bowring Park, this decision was made just 1 week after posters (donated by the Print Shop) were sent to organizers for distribution. Bev contacted Tony, owner and operator of the Print Shop and requested a second batch with the updated information. This time however, Bev insisted on paying for the posters.
Tony, a big supporter of the Miles For Smiles project, refused the offer and generously donated the second batch. A big thank you to Tony and his staff at The Print Shop.
Tony continues to support the Miles For Smiles Foundation and we are thrilled to have Tony – and his staff – as part of the Miles For Smiles Team.
Mayor O’Keefe welcomed Bev Moore-Davis to the council meeting this evening. Introducing her as a fellow model, as they both walked the “cat-walk” to support a recent charity fashion show. During a lengthy conversation at this event Bev talked about ASCA, a group she facilitates twice a month for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. She also mentioned her plans to organize a walk to help bring awareness to child abuse, the walk was scheduled for April, fittingly, April being Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Mayor O’Keefe was pleased to see Bev again today, this time at a St. John’s Council Meeting as she requested a Proclamation declaring April, Child Abuse Prevention Month in St John’s. Mayor O’Keefe was very supportive and thanked Bev for standing up for such a worthwhile cause. Councillors Debbie Hanlon and Sheila O’Leary as well stood to offer support and commended Bev on her dedication to the cause.
April 1, 2013
The colour blue has long been recognized as the symbolic colour representing Child Abuse Awareness.
At the Miles For Smiles Event, participants were encouraged to blow up a blue balloon for themselves or in honour of someone else that may have lost or had their childhood stolen by abuse.
As we unconsciously connected to other survivors at the event, the balloons were fastened to a string and attached to the Bungalow deck for a powerful display, symbolizing the support we have for each other and the cause.
Bev Moore-Davis organized a walk in Bowring Park, St John’s NL, to help raise awareness of child abuse. Bev then teamed up with fellow survivor, singer/songwriter Yvonne Gosse from North Carolina and videographer Gerry Carew (also from St John’s) to create this momentous video of the special day. This video marks the beginning of a series of videos being produced in an attempt to help raise awareness of child abuse.
Bev Moore-Davis, owner of Morvis Group of Companies, which includes Frontline Action, August & Lotta Stockholm and CGI Entertainment Inc., received the NLOWE Community Impact Award, sponsored by the Hebron Project. Moore-Davis also established a non-profit organization, Miles For Smiles, this year to generate public awareness around the issues associated with child abuse.
“I accept this award on behalf of all Survivors of Childhood Abuse. For those that have had their innocence stolen… for those that grew up hearing, and believing they were not good enough… and as adults today, continue to struggle with these words, as they have negatively been imprinted on our very foundation.
I leave with you… There is no greater Evil than those who willingly hurt an innocent child. And I tell you… OUR VOICES WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Thank you everyone!”
NLOWE – Newfoundland & Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs