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Men’s Respect for Women March coming up in Yarmouth

Philippe Doucet (left) grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 2181 in Yarmouth, and Bill Carroll, who chairs the organizing committee for the Knights’ Men’s Respect for Women March.
Philippe Doucet (left) grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 2181 in Yarmouth, and Bill Carroll, who chairs the organizing committee for the Knights’ Men’s Respect for Women March. - Eric Bourque

March to be held Oct. 6, pushed back a week from initially scheduled date

For the seventh straight year, the Knights of Columbus in Yarmouth are getting ready for their Men’s Respect for Women March, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, and those involved in the event say they remain committed to the cause.

The Yarmouth walk -- initially scheduled for Sept. 29 but pushed back a week -- is an effort to raise awareness about violence against women.

“The march is for everybody,” said Philippe Doucet, grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 2181 in Yarmouth. “It’s organized by the Knights, but it’s for everyone. Men, women, and we invite other community groups, service groups, to take part. Anyone who’s concerned about the issue.”

The march, he said, is a chance to get the message out that “it’s not acceptable to have violence against women.”

Participants will meet at the Parade Street site where the Zion Baptist church used to be and from there will make their way to Frost Park. The event will get underway at 2 p.m.

Bill Carroll, chairman of the march’s organizing committee, said they will have someone address the participants at Frost Park and people will have a chance to make a donation to Juniper House, which operates a shelter for abused women and their children and provides various services for victims of domestic violence.

The Knights will hold a women’s appreciation dinner Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Lotus Garden restaurant. (The march and dinner were to have been held the same day, Sept. 29. While the march has been pushed back a week to Oct. 6, the date of the dinner has not changed.)

Said Doucet, referring to the dinner, “Women are going to be given a gift, so we’re soliciting businesses for gift cards and donations and every woman at the dinner will receive a gift.”

Tickets are being sold for the dinner and any profit that is made will go to Juniper House, he said.

“Of course, the men are paying for tickets for their wives or girlfriends,” he said.

Doucet, Carroll and Marshall Sweeney make up the committee in charge of the Yarmouth march.

“Bill used to do it all by himself for a number of years,” Doucet said.

For his part, Carroll says he feels the event has helped raise awareness about violence against women.

“I think we’ve definitely made progress (getting the word out),” he said. “It is an ongoing effort.”

While the march is an initiative of the Knights of Columbus, whose members are male, Doucet said the Knights are a family-oriented organization that has plenty of activities and programs for members and their families.

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