Din­ner fundraiser for White Rib­bon

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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