SWHAT Walk-a-Thon in Support of SACHA

March 20, 2013 at 13:09 pm

The Student Walk Home Attendant Team (SWHAT) is an MSU service developed to help ensure that students can get home safely after dark.  It is comprised of volunteers who are trained and equipped with safety vests, radios and flashlights to help ensure a safe walk home for studentswho feel unsafe walking alone.  SWHAT will accompany students both on and off campus, within a 30 minute radius. SWHAT will also ride the bus with you! SWHAT operates every day from dusk until 1am, and until 2am from Thursday through Saturday.  In order to request this free MSU service, one needs only to drop by the office on the second floor of the Student Centre (MUSC 204) or call extension 27500.

This month, SWHAT is conducting a “walkathon” to raise money for the Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton and Area (SACHA) and its new on-campus initiative: It’s Time...to End Violence Against Women. It’s Time is a campaign aimed at eliminating abuse on campus through education, criticism and conversation.  In support of SACHA, SWHAT will donate $1 for every walk home this month. The service will continue to operate free of charge to all you use it.

SWHAT is always looking for volunteers to get involved.  The time commitment is 12 hours a month, which equals three, four hour shifts.  One of these needs to be a weekend shift, and you are welcome to volunteer more than three shifts a month.  It's a great way to meet people and get involved with the McMaster community.

Check out the SWHAT webpage for contact information, a map of their coverage area and the policies/forms for volunteering. Also, be sure to visit the It’s Time facebook page for more information on the It’s Time campaign.

For more information, please contact:

James Dowdall
SWHAT Coordinator
905-525-9140 ext. 27500


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