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Community Showcase to raise awareness of family violence

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The Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence Committee’s Community Showcase set to take place in Sidney Myer Place, Pall Mall, Bendigo from 12 noon on Wednesday November 27, 2019, is a highlight of the 16 Days of Activism in Greater Bendigo.

This annual event showcases what is happening in our local area to prevent family violence and features the Bendigo Walks against Family Violence community walk at 12.45 which starts and finishes in Sidney Myer Place where the community showcase will continue.

The event will also feature interactive opportunities to learn language and weaving from the Karen Community and the launch of a “Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence – who we are and what we do” resource.   Everyone is also encouraged to check out the giant orange ribbon flower planting by the City of Greater Bendigo in the Conservatory Gardens.

Chair of the Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence Committee Sgt Margaret Singe said Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence has been in operation since 2008 and has worked across a number of schools, sporting clubs and community groups. 

“The community event provides an opportunity for community to come together, hear of the good work already being done, lend their support to the Walk Against Family Violence and pick up some useful information from the service providers,” Sgt Margaret Singe said.

“The Committee is always seeking new ways to raise awareness around family violence and to support moves towards gender equity. This year is no exception and we have planned a more interactive approach to our community event which will also feature a Storypod video booth to provide a safe, meaningful and immersive opportunity for people to share their stories.  The storypod will be available from 11am to 3pm in Sidney Myer Place.

“We want to hear why community attend this event, if they are walking on behalf of someone who has a lived experience of violence or if they believe our community needs to take responsibility in preventing family violence by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours within our community.” 

Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence committee aligns with the Victoria Against Violence Program and will #Go Orange for this event. We encourage participants attending to wear orange to the event, signifying a future free from family violence.  GBAFV will have t-shirts available to purchase on the day for $5 that have been developed by a grade six student. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support.

Further information is available on Facebook under Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence.

Media enquiries:       Margaret Singe phone 0409 707 796 or email [email protected]


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