ASUS fundraises for SACK

London Fog event running Feb. 7 to 13

20 per cent of London Fog proceeds will go towards SACK.

ASUS is hosting a fundraiser at Common Ground Coffeehouse (CoGro). 20 per cent of proceeds for every London Fog drink sold will go towards the Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston (SACK).

The event will be taking place from Feb. 7 to Feb. 13.

According to Elisabeth McHarg, ASUS community outreach deputy of fundraising and sponsorship, the faculty society runs a fundraiser annually at CoGro for a local organization.

“Anyone is able to reach out to SACK and talk to them in a fully confidential and non-judgmental way. If you are a survivor or know a survivor, SACK is a resource to discuss these topics,” McHarg said in an interview with The Journal.

“Their mission is to build a community free of sexual violence, and I know Queen’s has that stigma around it and is historically not great for addressing issues of sexual violence, so SACK is a great resource for students to learn and be aware of the services they offer.”

McHarg said brochures and posters at CoGro detail SACK’s services and role in the community.

“I know a lot of people that normally wouldn’t go out of their way to purchase a London Fog but have tried it for the first time to support this fundraiser which is super exciting,” Emily Armstrong, ASUS community outreach commissioner, said in an interview with The Journal.

“Part of the reason [ASUS] wanted to support SACK this year was because all elected members of ASUS wanted to focus on the field of sexual violence and rectifying the past mistakes of Queen’s by looking at how the university […] goes about reporting and supporting survivors of sexual assault.”

Kim Graham, SACK director of program development, said proceeds will go straight to client services, subsidies for childcare, transportation, group materials, client books, webcams for virtual counseling, phone cards, and more.

“As a Queen's grad, I think it is always important that we continue our relationship with the Campus [sic] and ASUS. A large chunk of our volunteers are Queen's students, and also, we know that unfortunately a lot of our clients are Queen's students and alumni as well,” Graham said in an email sent to The Journal.

“It is important to continue to have a presence on campus so that we can ensure students know of our services, but also so that we can remind folks that unfortunately sexual violence happens, and it is okay to talk about it and to reach out for help.”

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