Yoda-like wisdom sees wookiees waxed
■ About 15 brave Karratha men with hair to spare put themselves at the mercy of hot wax last Saturday for the White Ribbon Wax a Wookiee event.
Beautician Deborah Napier from Just You Beauty waxed the male volunteers’ chests, legs and arms in the middle of Karratha City shopping centre, all while the audience laughed and cringed at their pain and donated almost $1100 in sympathy. Wax a Wookiee is the latest in a series of events held for White Ribbon Day, which aims to prevent violence against women.
Volunteer Allen Gregory said it was his idea to participate in the event. “I was very ignorant about the domestic violence issue until my wife (a family violence response worker) started working in the industry,” he said.
“I, like a lot of people, thought it was a thing of the past. But it’s more a case of people don’t talk about it as much these days.”
Mission Australia worker Laura Gregory said the event showed the important role of men in the White Ribbon cause.
“It is about men standing up to other men saying it’s not OK to use violence against women,” she said.
Karratha Police Senior Sergeant Kal Greenaway praised the number of police officers who volunteered for waxing.
Allen Gregory gets a wax from beautician Deborah Napier for the White Ribbon campaign.