Shoe Drive for World Day of Remembrance

SDonate your shoes to be used for a vigil for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims!

What: Shoe Drive for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
Date and Time: Saturday, November 5th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Oregon Walks, 1805 NE 2nd Ave., Portland
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Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets, a group comprised of families of victims of road traffic violence, are hosting a shoe drive to collect donations for an art installation they have planned on the upcoming World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. In Oregon, almost 400 people have been killed on our streets in 2016 alone. Help us honor their lives and mourn their loss with a vigil and temporary art installation of one pair of shoes for every person we’ve lost for the November 20th World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Kim Stone, one of the founding members of OR Families for Safe Streets, explains the visuals behind the art installation. “My hope is that everyone who sees these empty shoes will be reminded that someone still mourns a person who no longer walks among us.”

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Families for Safe Streets on the 2015 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is observed on the third Sunday of November each year by an increasing number of countries on every continent around the world. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed or injured in road crashes and their families and communities, as well as to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who deal daily with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury. Read about last year’s World Day of Remembrance vigil here

This day has also become an important tool for governments and all those whose work involves crash prevention or response to the aftermath, since it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries, as well as the urgent need for concerted action to stop the carnage.

Following the art installation, OR Families for Safe Streets will be passing on shoes that still have miles left in them to other organizations that serve people in need.

 

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