PICS Society is hosting its very first Walk For A Drug and Gang Free Surrey at Surrey City Hall on May 18, 2019, from 9 am to 12 pm. PICS is leading this community initiative by following its vision to build a healthy and just society. The objective is to create awareness about the rise of gang violence and drug abuse in Surrey and the importance of providing programs, services and support systems to tackle this problem.
There is an urgent need for this kind of movement in our community: according to data released by the B.C. Coroners Service Today, 174 people died of a drug overdose in Surrey last year (2017). That’s up from 122 in 2016, 76 in 2015, 44 in 2014 and 36 in 2013. Province-wide, 1,422 people died of an overdose last year, which is 43 percent higher than the 993 deaths in 2016.” Children as young as 10 and 11 years old are being lured into gang life. Gang members are on average 23 years old, committed their first crime at age 16 and were 13 the first time they were suspended from school (Peace Arch News, 2018).
This walk is an excellent opportunity to reach families, educators, and community partners. We think this would be a great event for you to show your commitment to eliminating gangs and drugs from Surrey. As part of the agenda for this year’s walk, we are focusing on highlighting the stories of the individuals and families affected by drug and gang violence. Information about programs and services will be displayed in Holland Park. The event details are as follows:
Event Date & Time: Saturday – May 18, 2019, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Route: Surrey City Hall – Central Avenue – University Drive – Holland Park
Duration of Walk: 30 Minutes
We would like to request you to attend this community event and walk along with the Mayor of the City of Surrey, City Council members, RCMP and community leaders to show a strong union towards a movement to eradicate gangs and drugs from the community.
Surrey Now Leader has recently posted an article about this walk. Check out the blurb here: