Bake, Yard Sale Raises $1,000 for Woman Attacked in Park

John Colebourn,
Province Newspaper,
June 9, 2002

 

With little change in her medical condidtion and huge costs ahead, a bake and yard sale was held yesterday in East Vancouver to help Ji-Won Park, 22, who was attacked and left in a coma while jogging in Stanley Park 14 days ago. 

The Vancouver Rape Relief Shelter helped arrange the bake sale at the Strathcona Community Centre and by the end of the day, upward of $1,000 was raised to help the Korean exchange student. 

"We've had a really good turnout," said the shelter's Onna Tatum.  

She said besides trying to raise funds for Park, they want to help heighten awareness of the problem of women being attacked in public places. "For women the real issue is: Don't be sitting at home afraid to go out because of this, " Said Tatum. 

But she said the attack should be seen as another example of why women always need to be careful,"travel in packs and pairs," she said. 

The family of Park has said she may never recover from the attack. According to them, she has suffered permanent brain damage, and will likely need assistance the rest of her life. 

Robert Gary Wallin, 25 , has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. His next court appearance is on Tuesday.