Spare an hour to help end sex­ual vi­o­lence

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PREPA­RA­TION is un­der­way for the fi­nal event for Sex­ual Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Month - ‘Re­claim the Night’.

Re­claim the Night will kick­off in Air­lie Beach next Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

The rally en­cour­ages com­mu­nity mem­bers to stand up and raise aware­ness about vi­o­lence. At­ten­dees will walk from the the Air­lie fore­shore off the Air­lie Es­planade up to the main street and back again. Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling CEO Car­men Bekker said the aim of the march was to re­claim the abil­ity for peo­ple to go out at night and be safe.

Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling urges mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to spare an hour from their day to show their support for the cause.

“We want to put a call out to all ser­vices in the area to lend their pres­ence for a short pe­riod of time - from hos­pi­tals to firies, health pro­fes­sion­als, law en­force­ment, emer­gency ser­vices and the gov­ern­ment,” coun­sel­lor Kerri Tighe said. Coun­sel­lor Mandy Coles said of­ten com­mu­nity mem­bers wouldn’t re­alise what their pres­ence could mean for oth­ers who were vic­tims or sur­vivors of sex­ual vi­o­lence.

The march will be sup­ported by The Men’s Shed of Air­lie Beach, Coles, Bendigo Bank, the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and Whit­sun­day Po­lice.

RE­CLAIM THE NIGHT: Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ta­mara Noble with Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling staff Cathy Thom­son, Mandy Coles, Kerri Tighe, Bar­bara Mor­ri­son, CEO Car­men Bekker and Leanne Althaus hope to see the com­mu­nity support their march in Air­lie Beach next week.

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