Fill up the Sundial Bridge on International Women’s Day 2012

Our beautiful Sundial Bridge will serve as a meeting place for women, men and children to stand in celebration of women on March 8.

This 101 International Women’s Day will also be when thousands of beings stand together on bridges in 70 countries around the world. Four hundred and sixty-four events just like this one were held last year, when Redding’s celebration was being birthed.

As March 8 approaches, mark your calendars for this very special day that we will “fill our bridge” for peace.

Al Schaller, an outdoor enthusiast from Redding, began this celebration in our city last year. After reading “A Thousand Sisters”, by Lisa Shannon, he felt moved to begin a stand and celebration here in Shasta County.

“A Thousand Sisters” is a tough read as it honestly portrays the atrocities that occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The author ran a solo 30-mile run to sponsor Congolese sisters. When she asked a woman in the Congo, “How can we help?” The answer came, “Stop the violence.”

She began pouring droplets of water on a forest fire in her efforts and they have since expanded, having helped 66,000 women and children to date.

“Join us on the Bridge” is an event held on International Women’s Day that began on a bridge connecting The Congo and Rwanda. The first “Join Us on the Bridge” was created by Women for Women International in 2010. The purpose is to help women from war-torn countries by standing with them to show that we support their demands for equality. Women for Women states that, “Women are peace-builders, and with equality at the peace negotiation tables and governing bodies of their countries we will build a more peaceful world.”

Last year, people met on the Great Wall of China, The Millennium Bridge in London, and other bridges in Baghdad, Canterbury and New York, just to name a few.

The purpose of the meet-ups in each town can vary, but the focus remains on the celebration and enhancement of the lives’ of women by creating peace locally and globally.

In Redding, a small group of men, women and children joined on the Sundial Bridge and took a stand for peace in our own community, sharing stories of strength and solidarity. I was overwhelmed with the need to grow this event in our town.

This year, The Shasta Women’s Refuge and Tamara’s Healing Garden will be co-sponsoring this event with the goal being to “fill up the bridge” with women, men and children who want to join forces for peace. We will have a time of stillness and reflection, hear from a special guest speaker from our own community, and have the opportunity to purchase products created by local women.

This is a day to show up for women, to celebrate women, and to pray and offer support for those sisters who need our help.

My freshman year at Foothill High at the old Nova High I took English class with Mr. Gary Hollohan. He talked to us girls about how to respect and protect ourselves in the dating world, and he spoke of what we deserve. On his oh-so-ominous chalk board he wrote this quote by an unknown author (which I’ve kept on my refrigerator in 10 different apartments through college and the dating stages of my younger years). It seems special to share it as I write of this upcoming event.

“Woman was made from the rib of man. She was not made from his head to top him, nor his feet to be stepped upon. She was made by his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected by him; near his heart to be unconditionally loved by him.”

What: On the Bridge, International Women’s Day, 2012

When: noon, March 8

Where: The Sundial Bridge in Redding

Music: Holly Day

Vendors: Women who create their own products

For more info visit www.womenforwomen.org/bridge or contact  Tamara Joy Patterson at joy@tamarashealinggarden.com

Tamara Joy Patterson was raised in Northern California and lives in Palo Cedro with her husband and their two children. She is a graduate of CSU, Chico, and Clayton College of Natural Health with degrees in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, and Natural Health, and is a certified mind-body expert and ACSM certified exercise specialist. Tamara has been in the health-and-wellness field professionally for more than 12 years as a wellness expert, college health instructor and yoga teacher. To learn more about Tamara Joy you can visit her website at: www.tamarashealinggarden.com

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Tamara Joy Patterson was raised in Northern California and lives in Palo Cedro with her husband and their two children. She is a graduate of CSU, Chico, and Clayton College of Natural Health with degrees in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, and Natural Health, and is a certified mind-body expert and ACSM certified exercise specialist. Tamara has been in the health-and-wellness field professionally for more than 12 years as a wellness expert, college health instructor and yoga teacher. To learn more about Tamara Joy you can visit her website at: www.tamarashealinggarden.com
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9 Responses

  1. Avatar Cheri says:

    Thank you for taking this on….

    Putting the word out…:)

    • Avatar Tamara Joy says:

      I am honored and priveleged to have the opportunity to grow such an important awareness event!

      Thanks for sharing our message. I'll see you on the Bridge.

    • Avatar 2r's says:

      Well.. You Are certainly Lovely,and Share a speical Gift in the community.. Sounds like a positive event,to raise Love and Awarness,for all women locally,globally,and universally.As it should be.InJoy.

      ~2R's

  2. Avatar Canda says:

    Great cause, and good job, Tamara. See you next Thursday!

  3. Avatar AJ says:

    LET'S DO THIS!

    • Avatar Tamara Joy says:

      Let's. I'll see you ladies there. It is turning into something magical! The newest addition to our ceremony is a young woman named Richelle Lyons. She has returned recently from working with women and children in The Congo, and will share a special message of hope for us that you will definitely want to hear.

      See you on the BRIDGE!

  4. Avatar Canda says:

    Tamara, Congratulations on the success of your event today. It was wonderful to see so many people come out to celebrate women. Listening to Richelle was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Her experiences in The Congo show the impact of one person's compassion. I know your International Women's Day will grow expotentially over the next several years. The releasing of the doves was absolutely amazing! You should be very proud of all your effort (along with the Women's Refuge). YOU made a difference today! Bless you for your kind spirit, and dedication to such a worthy cause.

    • Avatar Tamara Joy says:

      Thank YOU, Canda for coming out to show support for women, and thanks to all of the others who came to stand with us on this very important day.

      Martin Horn is working on a video of the ceremony that will be posted on You Tube soon, so if anyone wasn't able to make it they can still see what all of the buzz is about.

      Dreamin' of next year already!