The deaths of Shakayla and Jordan Hawes inspired SafeHomes of Augusta to organize a Survivor's March this year.
"The year anniversary is approaching, so we thought this would be an appropriate way to honor them and others who died tragic deaths due to abuse, as well as honor those who have survived," said Aimee Hall, executive director of SafeHomes, noting that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
According to police, Shakayla, 3, and Jordan, 1, were stabbed to death Nov. 29 by their mother, Jeannette Hawes, in the restroom of an Augusta convenience store.
In the days after the stabbings, radio talk show host Helen Blocker-Adams set up a memorial fund, and $20,817 was raised for the children's funeral and burial. Once expenses were paid, the $10,283 that remained was donated to SafeHomes.
During the Survivor's March, Ms. Blocker-Adams will give the opening remarks, and two survivors of domestic violence will share their stories.
After the program, attendees will march with lighted candles along Greene Street.
"We want them to remember those who passed due to abuse, and I want it to be educational as well," Ms. Hall said. "We want the community to know that SafeHomes is here to help. When our survivors speak, they will bring a message of hope that will show people that you can survive."
Shirts honoring Shakayla and Jordan are being sold for $12 and will be available at the march, Ms. Hall said. Proceeds will benefit SafeHomes of Augusta.
To obtain a shirt before the march, call the organization at (706) 736-2499.
Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Survivor's March
WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.
CALL: (706) 736-2499