Theo Fleury embarks on a 10-day walk from Toronto to Ottawa to raise awareness and advocate healing

 

May 1, 2013 (Toronto, ON) – On Tuesday May 14, Child Advocate, Stanley Cup Winner and Olympic Gold Medalist Theo Fleury will launch the Victor Movement with the inaugural Victor Walk, a 10-day advocacy walk created to raise awareness, advocate healing and give national exposure to three incredible charities: Little Warriors, the Quinte Sexual Assault Centre and Siksika Nations.

Starting from the child sexual abuse monument in Toronto, Fleury and his team will be making stops in ten Ontario towns and cities (Oshawa, Peterborough, Havelock, Madoc, Elm Tree, Maberly, McCullough, Stittsville) before they reach their final destination of Ottawa. Completing his journey on the steps of Parliament Hill on May 23rd, Fleury, along with survivors and their supporters, will speak out about child sexual abuse and how it has impacted their lives.

“We hope that the Victor Walk will create a greater awareness surrounding the number of children who have been sexually abused in Canada and shed a light on the lack of support that is provided to those affected,” said Fleury. “We are asking Canadians to rally and join together in Ottawa on May 23rd, to speak out against those who continue to steal the innocence of so many. We are also encouraging those affected by sexual abuse to come forward and have a voice, knowing that they will be supported by the whole of our movement because only together will we be able to make a difference.”

For those unable to make it to Ottawa, the Victor Movement has created additional opportunities across the country. May 23rd will see 22 communities come together, leading their own Victor Walks. From the steps of local police stations to local government buildings, survivors and child advocates will walk united to show their support and desire for change, making the Victor Walk a truly national movement.

All funds raised throughout the Victor Walk through donations will be divided equally between three incredible organizations working to ease the difficulty of living with child sexual abuse: Little Warriors, the Quinte Sexual Assault Centre and Siksika Nations. Funds raised through pledges made during local coordinated walks will be donated to Little Warriors for their ‘Be Brave Ranch,’ a long-term treatment centre for children, the first of its kind.

For more information about the Victor Walk log onto victorwalk.com and for the full list of dates and locations see below:

Theo Fleury’s Victor Walk Schedule

May 14

Toronto to Oshawa

May 15

Oshawa to Pontypool

May 16

Pontypool to Peterborough

May 17

Peterborough to Havelock

May 18

Havelock to Madoc

May 19

Madoc to Elm Tree

May 20

Elm Tree to Maberly

May 21

Maberly to McCullough

May 22

McCullough to Stittsville

May 23

Stittsville to Ottawa

Local Victor Walk Events on May 23, 2013

  • Calgary, AB
  • Drayton Valley, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Grande Prairie, AB
  • Lethbridge, AB
  • Okotoks, AB
  • Red Deer, AB
  • Cranbrook, BC
  • Kelowna, BC
  • New Westminister, BC
  • Prince George, BC
  • Surrey, BC
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Saint John, NB
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Georgetown, ON
  • Port Colborne, ON
  • St. Catharines, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Alameda, SK
  • Swift Current, SK
Media Contacts:

National Victor Walk Coordinator/Theo Fleury Representative
Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416.554.7329

Little Warriors Representative
Randi Tyler | randi@glorimeldrum.com | 780.465.0682 x 225

Quinte Sexual Assault Centre Representative
Kim Charlebois | kimcharleboissac@lks.net

Sisika Nations Representative
Tyler White | tywhite@siksikahealth.com