Spare an hour to help end sexual violence
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.