White Rib­bon Din­ner well sup­ported

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Chil­dren who ex­pe­ri­ence early child­hood trauma do not just get over it, was the mes­sage de­liv­ered by guest speaker Keryn Doyle of The Trust Pahiatua on Novem­ber 22, dur­ing the White Rib­bon din­ner at the Dan­nevirke Ser­vices and Cit­i­zen’s Club.

A crowd of over 80 par­tic­i­pated in an in­for­ma­tive evening com­pered by Teeny Lowe, mix­ing food, com­pany and a lively auc­tion with the grim de­tails of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence’s im­pact on young chil­dren.

The White Rib­bon Fundraiser started with a pre­sen­ta­tion to Tararua’s fourth White Rib­bon am­bas­sador and its first woman am­bas­sador, Deanne Veerkamp.

Tararua am­bas­sador Ta­mai Ni­chol­son pre­sented her with a plaque and flow­ers, say­ing Deanne had worked hard be­hind the scenes sup­port­ing the cause against fam­ily vi­o­lence, and that she was pas­sion­ate about peo­ple.

Keryn Doyle — who has been in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion, a lec­turer at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity and is now work­ing for the Pahiatua Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust — de­scribed the ef­fects of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on chil­dren up to the age of three.

She iden­ti­fied nine con­se­quences of ex­po­sure to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing im­paired brain devel­op­ment, dif­fi­culty in re­lat­ing suc­cess­fully with oth­ers, re­duced abil­ity to cope with stress.

She said these lead to real chal­lenges deal­ing with life later on.

Keryn said every child needed at least one adult to nur­ture and calm them in a cri­sis oth­er­wise the chil­dren will de­velop hy­per­arousal — an ag­gres­sive re­ac­tion as a nat­u­ral re­sponse.

Many go on to per­pet­u­ate do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as par­ents them­selves.

Her ad­vice was to pro­vide that nur­ture for the child.

“Aroha grows brains,” she said.

Auc­tion­eer Craig Boy­den sold 15 items do­nated by the pub­lic.

They ranged from drift­wood art, a small ko­rowai [cloak] and White Rib­bon Art prints to a Thai vase, two toast­ers, a tea set and an ear­ring and neck­lace set.

Pro­ceeds from the auc­tion were in ex­cess of $1500 and this, with the pro­ceeds from the din­ner, will swell the cof­fers of the White Rib­bon Com­mit­tee.

New White Rib­bon Am­bas­sador Deanna Veerkamp with Tararua’s other three am­bas­sadors — Tom Ka­mura, Ta­mai Ni­chol­son and Roly El­lis on Thurs­day night.

Guest Speaker Keryn Doyle of The Trust Pahiatua speaks on the ef­fects of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on young chil­dren.

Some of the 80-plus crowd which en­joyed the evening.

Auc­tion­eer Craig Boy­den, as­sisted by Terry Hynes, sold a ko­rowai dis­played by guest speaker Keryn Doyle for $170.

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