Walk to End Domestic Violence 2014
Picture Credits: Shajid Ali
On Sunday October 26th, 2014 the Domestic Harmony Foundation (DHF) held our third annual “Walk to End Domestic Violence.” Over 200 people were excited to be in attendance at Eisenhower Park to help raise awareness to the ever-present issue of domestic violence and help stomp it out in our community.
Registration was held at 9:30am and purple colored t-shirts were given to those in attendance, unifying the diverse crowd into a sea of purple. Jasia Mirza, Program Coordinator of DHF, commenced the event by outlying the purpose of the walk and got the crowd pumped. Lauren Joseph, an 11th grade student from Floral Park Memorial High School, was then introduced and gave a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
Following the introductions retired Supreme Court Justice, the honorable Ira Warshawsky, spoke at length regarding the prevalent issue of domestic violence, citing current events that have thrust the issue into the national spotlight. Following the honorable Mr. Warshawsky was the Hempstead town clerk, Nasrin Ahmad, who also inspired the crowd to continue fighting domestic violence. The next speech was Mr. Hamza Byas, who took the opportunity to congratulate the Domestic Harmony Foundation for successfully providing the community with an outlet for victims of domestic violence.
Following Mr. Byas was Assemblyman Phil Ramos, who detailed the complexities of domestic violence in the immigrant communities, highlighting an extra layer of domestic violence that gets overlooked. Mr. Anthony Zenkus talked to the crowd about domestic violence from the perspective of a major population that is often unconsidered, children. Finally Mr. Rizwan Qureshi from HAB Bank, anchored the speeches by telling the attendees how HAB Bank is a proud sponsor of the walk and the Domestic Harmony Foundation.
All these speeches provided a fresh dose of varied perspective, and inspired the attendees to continue finding ways in contributing to bring an end to domestic violence. Being energized and pumped up from the speeches, the excited attendees all commenced the mile long walk. The sea of purple could be heard chanting in unison and holding up signs that discouraged domestic violence.
The Staff and Board members of Domestic Harmony Foundation extend our heartfelt thanks to: Macy’s, HAB Bank, Whole Foods Jericho, The Safe Center LI, Student Leadership & Activities Center at Hofstra University, National Council of Jewish Women, Peninsula Section, and Islamic Center of Long Island.
We are also grateful to all of our supporters who came and made our third annual Walkathon a continuing success!!