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Georgia Ellyse

With the growing amount of attention to gun violence, many people are wondering what can be done to alleviate the tragedy it brings, particularly in urban neighborhoods. One woman hopes that she can shed more light on the issue through the power of awareness.

Twin Cities-based radio-personality and Faith’s Lodge Ambassador Georgia Ellyse has helped launch Campaign L2V: From Victims to Victory. It will provide support to parents who have lost children through violence. The campaign seeks to show the rawness of tragedy in communities of color and to bolster families through a weekend of hope. The inspiration for the campaign came from Ellyse’s desire to cope with her own loss. In 2007, Ellyse visited Faith’s Lodge  to cope with the death of her daughter.

“This issue is so relevant in our communities today,”  Ellyse said in a statement. “Just a few months ago tragedy struck, taking the lives of innocent children in Newtown. And, in 2012, violence repeatedly took the lives of children here in Minneapolis, and we can’t forget about tragedies like Trayvon Martin. Sure, we can offer our condolences and hold rallies, but who offers a place for those parents to heal? It is my hope that by building awareness through Campaign L2V, Faith’s Lodge can become that place of healing.”

The campaign will run through March 31 and culminate with the selection of eight families to stay at Faith’s Lodge on April 18-21, 2013.

For more information about the campaign, visit www.faithslodge.org/Campaign-L2V.

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