Student organizes walk as benefit for SafeHomes

Maya James thinks the walk she organized might bring light to a dark topic.

"I really hope that my project helps the Augusta community realize how many people just in the Augusta area, let alone in the nation, are domestically abused every day," said the Augusta Preparatory Day School student. "I hope it encourages other people to sponsor events to raise money to help these women."

Maya organized the walk to benefit SafeHomes of Augusta. It will be Saturday at Columbia County Library's track. Proceeds will go to SafeHomes programs and services it provides to domestic-violence victims.

The walk is Maya's senior project. She did her speech on the same issue this year. She researched, watched documentaries and interviewed a victim and a counselor about violence.

"I really learned a lot," she said. "The more research I did and the more documentaries I watched, the more I wanted to do something to make other people aware."

Because of the project, Maya is seeking more ways to raise awareness and help the cause. She is volunteering with the organization and plans to participate in other domestic-violence-awareness events, including walks, during the summer.

Her efforts have impressed SafeHomes Executive Director Aimee Hall.

"She's very motivated and really understands the scope of the issue," she said. "We appreciate her taking the initiative to do this and take on the responsibility that comes with it."

Walk participants will receive a T-shirt, which Maya designed.

If you go

WHAT: SafeHomes of Augusta Walk

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday; registration starts at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Columbia County Library track, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans

COST: $10, includes T-shirt

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