WINNSBORO — After losing two sons to acts of violence, Cheryl Weldon decided the next part of her journey in life should include marching forward.
This year is the third year she and her brother, the Rev. Eddie Woods, have held a Stop the Violence Walk in Fairfield County. Aimed at increasing awareness about the problem of violence that affects all ages and levels of society, the group also seeks to show support and let victims of violence know there are support groups available to help them socially, emotionally and spiritually as they cope with the after effects of violence.
Woods said about 35 people attended last year. For Weldon the event memorializes her sons, Rodrickous Ramon “Lil’ Wood” Woods and Jamie Robinson. She said she hopes no other mother will have to go through the loss she has faced.
Reaching out helps her to move forward in a life without her sons.
“The goal is to draw awareness to violence, period,” Woods said.
The event is sponsored by the Stop the Violence Ministry Group, a group Woods, a Ridgeway native, helps coordinate from his parish in Edgefield.
“We want people to know that local citizens and pastors make themselves available as support and that there are groups doing so as well,” Woods said.
Woods said the ministry group is still growing and he welcomes other area ministers to come be a part of it. There are no membership dues and last year they met a handful of times.
He hopes to grow the group for family members whose loved ones were killed violently. Interested ministers can contact him at 803-799-0364.
The walk begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Fairfield County Department of Social Services. The route continues through the traffic light and goes about two miles on West Moultrie and concludes at the Fairfield County Courthouse.