Violence Against Women Services Elgin County announces a new gift to Building Hope. Saving Lives.

St. Thomas, ON (June 24, 2013) — Violence Against Women Services Elgin County is happy to announce another generous gift from the “Fun Razors: Women in Unity” to the Building Hope. Saving Lives. Initiative.

The Fun Razors: Women in Unity today gave $7,300 to create a new home for Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter.

This gift now doubles to become $14,600 thanks to a donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, who is matching every community donation up to $250,000. The Fun Razors were started in 2010 by 22 women from West Elgin who wanted to make a difference for women and children in the community. Held in May at the West Elgin Dramatics Society Theatre, the 4th annual “Fun Razors Comedy Night” had 410 attendees who enjoyed original comedy sketches as well as song and dance routines. Members of the “Fun Razors” donate their time, money and expertise to designing all costumes, props and the set to ensure all funds raised are given to the community. The Fun Razors are sponsored by the Wallacetown Optimist Club and many members of the Wallacetown Optimist Club are also part of the Fun Razors.

In the attached photo (right to left) are Fun Razors organizers Shirley Mullin and Diane Brown with Violence Against Women Services Elgin County Executive Director Liz Brown.

About Building Hope. Saving Lives.

Building Hope. Saving Lives. is a Violence Against Women Services Elgin County initiative to provide dignity and hope to women and children in Elgin County by creating a new home for Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter.

To make a secure online donation or find out more information please visit:

About Violence Against Women Services Elgin County

Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County is an agency that serves women and their children – boys and girls – from St. Thomas and all of Elgin County through: its 24 Hour Helpline for real time assistance; 24 Hour Drop In Counselling so there no wait time for service; Community Based Counselling in Aylmer, St. Thomas, and West Lorne so help is close by for women in transition, women who have been sexually abused; and children from 4 to 18 years of age; Prevention Through Education programs in local schools, community groups and agencies so we can all be part of the solution to create safer communities for everyone; and at Women’s Place Elgin’s Emergency Shelter where women and children find safety and counsel as they flee abuse.

For more information and all media inquiries:
Liz Brown, Executive Director
519-633-0155 /

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