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Project ReNeWal to hold annual golf tournament

CONYERS — The public can hone in on their golf swing and runners stride while supporting two agencies in combating domestic violence in honor of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Project ReNeWal will hold its annual golf classic starting at 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Oaks Course in Covington. Lunch will be at 11 a.m. The cost is $100 per player and $400 per team. Organizers are looking for at least 20 teams to participate in the event.

Proceeds go to help the general operating budget and also fund Project ReNeWal's battered women's shelter. Project ReNeWal assists women and children in domestic violence situations. And the local need continues to grow, according to Project ReNeWal executive director Vickie Stevenson.

"We've seen an increase in the number of people who need help," Stevenson said. "Because of the economy, and the fact that our donations are down this year, we really, really need their help."

Stevenson said statistics show that one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. And that is enough for people to get involved in putting a stop to it.

"So someone you know has definitely experienced it or will be experiencing it, so the more knowledge you have, the more you'll be able to help that person when the time comes," Stevenson said. "Family violence, it happens all the time. People just don't realize."

And women are not the only victims of family violence. Project ReNeWal helped six men during the last quarter, Stevenson said.

Project ReNeWal answers crisis calls and provides resources to those in need. Stevenson said the organization helps families move in safe housing while they wait for protective orders, divorces and other orders to clear the courts. If funding is available, Project ReNeWal also helps the families with start-up utilities or a deposit on rent as the families move into their own homes.

Besides the support to the agency, Stevenson encouraged the public to participate for the door prizes. She said more than 200 door prizes were given last year. Each member of the winning team left the classic with a cooler full of steaks.

"We hope to be able to do that again this year," Stevenson said of the steaks.

In addition to the golf classic, the Rockdale Task Force Against Family Violence is holding a "Race Against Violence," fundraiser. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Conyers First United Methodist Church. Registration is $20 on the day of the race. Trophies will be awarded after the event.

Half of the proceeds from the run will go toward Project ReNeWal and the other half to the Task Force.

For a race application and more information, visit www.rockdaleaware.com.

To register for the golf classic, call 770-860-9770.