- Thursday 08 October 2015
Sunshine Coast residents, visitors, community groups, support services, police and Sunshine Coast Council will come together for a Walk against Domestic Violence at Lake Kawana this Sunday.
The walkers will be taking a stand against domestic violence in a clear demonstration that it will not be accepted in our community.
Council’s Community Programs Portfolio Cr Jenny McKay said domestic violence impacted all cross sections of society and encouraged people to come along and show their support at the walk.
“Domestic violence is a serious issue in our local community. Not only does it have an immediate impact on those directly affected, its devastating effects extend to support services, police and medical services,” Cr McKay said.
“The Walk against Domestic Violence is a positive step towards raising awareness of this issue in our community and the services that are available to seek help.
“We have already received a great response from local community organisations and support groups, as well as the police, who will all be there to highlight the anti-domestic violence message.
“I encourage everyone to come along to the walk and together we can demonstrate that our community will no longer tolerate this horrific crime.”
SunnyKids CEO and 2014 Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year Chris Turner said domestic violence was a huge issue in the community and demand for its services had grown.
“At SunnyKids, we now provide over 10,000 nights’ accommodation each year to families on the Sunshine Coast who have become homeless due to domestic violence,” Mr Turner said.
“With 44% of women having experienced at least one form of violence since the age of 15 it is important to use events such as this to not only raise awareness of domestic violence and available support services but also to send a clear message that on the Sunshine Coast we say ‘NO, not now, not ever’ in our community”.
The campaign will use the hashtag #saferfamilies to spread the message via social media.
The walk will set off from Sunshine Coast Stadium and travel along the bank of Lake Kawana retuning to the stadium around 8.50am where there will be a BBQ breakfast available for a gold coin donation.
Gold coin donations will go towards local organisations at the forefront of dealing with domestic violence.
Participants are encouraged to bring a drink bottle and hat.
The walk is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council, Queensland Police, Local Government Association of Queensland and Sunshine Coast Partnership in Action Network.
For 24-hour, confidential, domestic violence counselling, support and refuge call dv connect on 1800 811 811 or SCOPE Sunshine Coast regional domestic and family violence service on 5430 9300. For emergencies call 000.
Safer Families, Better Communities – Walk against Domestic Violence - #saferfamilies
When: 8am, Sunday 11 October
Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Parking: available at the north end of Lake Kawana or off Nicklin Way