Dinner fundraiser for White Ribbon
International White Ribbon Day on Sunday November 25 raises awareness of the issue of family violence.
With a theme of Respectful Relationships this year the campaign seeks more than awareness. It challenges men in particular to pledge to take at least one of eight actions to reduce domestic violence.
The Tararua White Ribbon Committee, formed in July, has been promoting the cause with barbecues at social occasions like Matariki, the Kapahaka Festival and sporting events.
On Monday November 19 it will be hosting a barbecue with Police at Copenhagen Square from noon to 1pm. For a gold coin donation have a sausage and talk with Wairarapa MP Alistair Scott.
The committee has expanded its activities to provide support for family violence victims throughout the year.
In conjunction with Tararua REAP’s Strengthening Families, the aim is to put in place a better support network by linking all the social agencies, training staff and educating youth.
Funding for the programme has come from the Tindall Foundation but there is an urgent need for more, and a White Ribbon dinner has been organised for this Thursday November 22 at the Dannevirke Services and Citizen’s Club starting at 6pm.
This issimilar to the successful event last year and involves a dinner, a guest speaker — Trust Pahiatua’s Keryn Doyle — and an auction of donated items.
“I enjoy sharing laughter and knowledge with others and consider learning to be a lifelong process that supports the building of strong communities,” Keryn Doyle says. “I am a Pa¯ keha¯ woman with Irish roots who grew up in South Taranaki. After many years working in various positions in the education sector, I left Wellington a few years ago to return to small town living. I love living a relatively quiet life in Woodville and enjoy working here at the Trust in a family support role. I have particular experience in supporting children and parents and I am available to walk alongside you whatever your journey may be. I am a passionate advocate for women and children. I love this job and this wee community. Feel free to come in and meet me…oh and I love coffee!
It should be a great night with lots of laughter, with auctioneer Craig Boyden extracting bids for a range of products.
Tickets cost $30 from the Tararua REAP office in Gordon Street, Dannevirke.
Little Lani Waretini holds a korowai to be auctioned, made by her great grandmother Heni Witika.
Some of the other items to be auctioned on Thursday donated by locals.