Making a ‘Big Stir’ about family violence

Every human has the right to feel safe at work, and every human has the right to feel safe at home. Period.

On the rigs, our crews watch out for each other. As a community, we need to do the same by speaking out against domestic abuse and family violence. That’s why, on Tuesday, Trinidad participated in The Big Stir in Calgary.

What is ‘The Big Stir’ about?

Trinidad Drilling at The Big Stir
The Trinidad Drilling team makes soup for Calgary women’s shelters at The Big Stir.

The Big Stir is “the largest hands on soup-making event ever” (to use the event’s slogan).

Volunteers from Calgary organizations, including Trinidad, got together Tuesday evening and made 1,200 servings of soup. The soup was delivered on Wednesday to every women’s shelter in the city.

The event wasn’t just about ladles and stock pots – it was also about raising awareness for family violence in our communities (November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta).

“It’s really just a huge show of support, in a very kind and caring way, to let women and children in crisis know that we stand with them against domestic abuse and family violence,” said Sharon Hapton, founder of Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers, the non-profit organization behind The Big Stir.

Fact: On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Source: Canadian Women’s Foundation

The third-annual event was also a fundraiser for Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers, who make and donate over 10,000 bowls of soup to shelters across Canada every month.

“Women flee literally with nothing. Just their children,” said Hapton. “They may have made this kind of wholesome meal for their family last night, and then that became something unobtainable to them, so we want them to know that we are here to provide them with that same value that they want to provide to their own family.”

So, why soup?

The Big Stir, Calgary

The Big Stir is all about the community coming together to show women and children in crisis that they matter, Hapton explained.

But why show support with soup?

“Two things really come to mind with soup: nurture and nourish,” said Hapton. “And really that is the mandate of our organization – to nurture and nourish women and children fleeing domestic abuse.”

Why does Trinidad care?

Why does Trinidad care about raising awareness of family violence? Safety is at the heart of everything we do, and it doesn’t matter if someone is on the rig floor or inside his or her home, we want every human to feel safe every day.

For more information on Trinidad’s other community-involvement initiatives, check out these blog posts:

Want to know what you can do about family violence in your community? Read this information sheet.

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