Published On 06 November 2017 at 06:00 AM
Violence of any shape or form has no place in Sutherland Shire. We’re proud of our community taking a firm stand against domestic violence and committed to supporting White Ribbon Walk 2017.
The event will take place on Friday, 24 November, which will start at 10 am from Woolooware High School and finish at Perryman Place.
According to White Ribbon Australia, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of domestic violence.
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Cr Carmelo Pesce said these statistics are not acceptable.
“As a husband, father, Mayor and community member, I believe we all have the right to live with love, safety and dignity,” he said.
“Domestic violence isn’t just physical; it can be emotional and financially related. Often for those in these terrible situations, it can feel like there’s no escape.
“But on November 24, myself and members of our Shire community, will stand and walk together to show we’re never alone and there’s always help available.”
The inspiration for the walk came from Woolooware High School which put on its own walk around the school back in 2013 and since grown to incorporate other schools and the community.
This year rugby league legend Darryl Brohman will lend his voice as MC for the event.
White Ribbon Day, which is officially on November 25, is an internationally recognised day of action and calls upon all Australians to stand up, speak out and act to stop men’s violence against women.
Funds raised go towards supporting White Ribbon’s national primary prevention initiative, which aims to stop violence before it occurs through education programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.
The official ceremony will commence at Dunningham Park,Cronulla at 10:45am and a free BBQ breakfast will be available for all walkers on arrival.
Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk this White Ribbon Day. Do your part to end domestic violence once and for all.
Executive Public Relations Officer