Raising funds for vital cause
DOMESTIC violence against women claims the life of one woman every year.
That is why South Perth Rotaract Club is hosting a photography competition on Saturday, May 30, aiming to raise money for the White Ribbon campaign to stop violence against women.
South Perth Rotaract vice-president Ivy Willyams said she had witnessed the effects of domestic violence.
“When I was in high school, a girl I used to catch the bus with one day wasn't there anymore – both her and her mother lost their lives to domestic violence,” Ivy said.
“Several years before this, a mate at primary school lost his mother to domestic violence and at the time I felt helpless and did not know what I could do to stop this happening to anyone else.
“I felt extremely sad and uncomfortable, but then I realised I must speak up about it and the White Ribbon campaign is a way to do that,” she said.
The ramifications of domestic violence are farreaching, affecting children, causing homelessness, mental illness, ill health disability and death.
The White Ribbon website estimated domestic violence costs the country $15.6 billion annually.
Ms Willyams said the