Mareeba takes a stand on violence
MEN of the Mareeba district have united to deliver a strong anti-violence message as part of a White Ribbon luncheon last week.
Fifty-two crosses were hung on the wall at the Mareeba Leagues Club to signify the average number of women who die each year as a result of domestic violence and to drive home the message not to harm your mother, partner or daughter.
Those who attended the lunch were encouraged to take an oath and make a stand against domestic violence.
Last year’s Queensland Father of the Year Gary Prior was a guest speaker for the day and has fought to help youths change their lives for the better.
“The main message is to respect our women and children,” he said.
“We need to educate young children to protect our wives and children because it isn’t in our DNA to hurt them.”
Mareeba Community Housing supervisor for housing Robert Larken said they held the luncheon to promote the prevention of violence.
“White Ribbon is a day that we as men get to standup and show that we don’t accept violence against women,” he said.
“This is our second white ribbon function, last year we did something a bit different.
“If we can change the life of one , then we have changed the lives of many down the track.”
He said they tried to make client’s aware of support services available to them.
Brett Mason, Barry Conway, guest speaker Queensland Father of the Year for 2016 Gary Prior, White Ribbon ambassador Sergeant Adrian Geary, Mareeba Community Housing supervisor for housing Robert Larken and Andrew O’Brien at the luncheon held last Friday.