Christmas Eve will be spent in a solemn march against gun violence in honour the victims of the Connecticut elementary school shooting more than a week ago.
The Stop the Gun Violence march will course through Dartmouth Monday evening in an effort to both raise awareness of the seriousness of gun violence and to celebrate the lives of the 20 children and six women shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Dec. 14.
The organizers said she is hoping the march sparks some political attention.
“The community supports the people who have lost loved ones and that we have a voice that the laws have to change,” said organizer Charla Dorrington. “I’m hoping that if our government sees that one small group of people can (stand together) then we are sending them a message that there has to be tougher laws.”
She said the walk has gained a lot of interest on Facebook and Twitter in the days leading up to Christmas.
“People are united,” she said. “Even though we are from different walks of life, and involved in different things, we have one common interest and that’s to keep our children and our community safe.”
Gun violence also hits close to home for Dorrington.
“My brother was shot this time last year, outside a birthday party, at a club in Toronto,” she said. “He was shot three times. He was an innocent bystander.”
Participants are asked to bring a white rose to place at Sullivan’s Pond, or a small teddy bear, which will be donated to the IWK hospital.
The march will start at Sullivan’s Pond at 6 p.m. and end at Alderney Landing.