The Rotary Club of Lexington is participating in the “Rotary Has Heart” initiative began by Rotary International VP and Columbia resident Anne Matthews. The Lexington club has tailored its involvement to hunger-related issues that impact 28% of children in South Carolina and is supporting Sister Care, a local organization providing services to battered women and their children. Sister Care’s services include children’s services, counseling, education and awareness, court advocacy, emergency shelters, a 24-hour telephone line, and transitional housing.
The Lexington club kicked-off this initiative by hearing from Elizabeth Gray, a survivor of domestic violence and member of Governor Haley’s task force on Criminal Domestic Violence. The SC Criminal Justice Academy has used her powerful story to educate officers, and she has addressed the SC General Assembly to help pass new laws on domestic violence. She was awarded the 2014 “Woman of the Year” by Sister Care and was recognized for her community outreach to victims and survivors. Gray has a personal goal to run a marathon in each of the 50 states to raise awareness about domestic violence.
During the month of February, the Rotary Club of Lexington is accepting monetary donations, nonperishable food, baby food and supplies, toiletries and household goods to support Sister Care.
Pictured with Gray, center, is Rotary Has Heart Chair Pandra Lemrow (left) and Lexington club president Gary Deese (right).