Hey guys, for fun i thought i would post the first draft of the welcoming i will give at the RHV event. Keep in mind, it’s a first draft, about 500 words – i already see alot of places i want to add to and strike from. This post is really to show how the welcome progresses over time and give people a feel for the event.
Nick’s RHV speech:
“Welcome everyone to the inaugrual Remembering Homicide Victims Crime Awareness Memorial Event! We are so happy everyone came out today to remember our loved ones and learn a little bit more about community safety and the resources for grieving family members in the community.
Now, before we hear from some of our speakers and lay out the agenda for the event, we should probably describe who we are and why we have set up an event like this. My name is Nick Christian and I am one of the Co-founders of Remembering Homicide Victims – an online community dedicated to helping the family members of Homicide victims cope with their loss. We were formed after the passing of Andrae Davis; his Fiancée, Lorraine Calkin decided she wanted to create a place online where she could talk about how she was feeling with people who were going through the same things. Immediately after his passing she had trouble finding people that were going through the same things of which she could relate to.
And as easy as that, RHV was born. We operate off of two sites; our Facebook pages where we communicate with the majority of our fan base or “likers,” as we call them. The other is our word press blog where we try to post a lot of information, organizational updates and memorials of loved ones submitted to our site.
Now the goal for the event is two-fold; first off, we want to remember our loved ones. This date has special meaning to Lorraine as Andrae would have turned 32 and it is 19 days prior to the one year anniversary of his passing. The second aspect to the event is we want things to get better for the future. Something we talk about on the website as a community a lot is we don’t want people to feel the way we do. No one should have to go through that. Which is why we felt it was very important to have members of the local and state present; if we could hear them talk about how they look at safety from their different levels, the importance they place on achieving a safe community and how violence impacts their lives, then maybe we can get a better understanding of how to be safe in the community – which is a goal we would all love to achieve.
I’m very excited to learn about what the future has for Remembering Homicide Victims. Lori and I are moving to different cities on the east coast to start new chapters in our lives but, at this point, both are still very committed to making RHV an online resource for families and providing assistance whenever we are able. Hopefully we can do things like this in those communities and possibly other ones.
Albuquerque, however, will always be our home and we want to help make changes here whenever possible. And today we start with an idea. The idea that we can be a peaceful community, we can do away with the violence we see more and more of on a daily basis, we can feel safe in our own homes.”