Ma­reeba takes a stand on vi­o­lence

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Pic­ture: BRON­WYN WHEATCROFT

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.

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