By Kyra Gillespie
The Cardinia Family Violence Network is hosting the Walk Against Violence again this year for White Ribbon Day on Saturday 25 November.
This year’s theme for the Walk Against Violence, which will be hosted by MP Brian Paynter, is Safe Kids – Safe Communities, which aims to bring attention to children’s voices and experiences in domestic violence situations.
The formalities will commence at 12.30pm with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by a Boon Wurrung Aboriginal Elder, speeches by the Mayor and David Nugent who will speak about the benefits for children when men seek help to stop using violence and abuse within the family.
There will be a number of activities at Bourke Park after the walk, including the announcement of the winners of the bumper sticker design competition by local police.
The four winning designs will be printed onto hundreds of bumper stickers and distributed on the day.
“The theme Safe Kids – Safe Communities and the children’s bumper sticker drawing competition through primary schools hopes to build awareness that every child has the right to feel safe where they live, learn and play,” Together We Can Partnerships and Engagement Facilitator Fiona Cost said.
The walk will start at noon from the Pakenham Library and end at Bourke Park for a family afternoon with free activities and a free barbecue.
All members of the community are encouraged to come along and enjoy the day.
Anyone experiencing family violence can call 1800 RESPECT or visit www.asksomeone.org.au.