Taking a stand against violence to women

Picture: Yanni

Picture: Yanni

MORNINGTON Peninsula residents are invited to be part of the solution to violence against women by attending a range of community discussions on White Ribbon Day, Friday 25 November.

Commentator and former independent MP Phil Cleary will head a 7–9pm  discussion at the Commonfolk Coffee Company, 16 Progress St, Mornington. Register at eventbrite.com.au.

Cleary has been at the forefront of the campaign to stop violence against women since his sister was murdered by her ex-partner in 1987.

On the night, attendees will also hear from Acting Inspector Dean Clinton on how family violence is affecting the Mornington Peninsula.

The event requires a donation at the door, which will be contributed to the Mornington Peninsula Community Charitable Fund.

Tickets are limited. Details: Lisa Gray on lisa.gray@mornpen.vic.gov.au or 0419 310806.

White Ribbon ambassador Rosie Batty will speak after the ‘Western Port Takes a Stand’ street march, which starts from the Alfred St mall, Hastings, at 11.30am. There will be a free barbecue when the march ends at Hastings Hall.

Last year’s march attracted more than 700 participants and this year organisers from Hastings Respectful Relationships Group hopes to better that turnout.

There will also be a 7-9am White Ribbon Day breakfast hosted by the Zonta Club at Brooklands of Mornington, 99 Tanti Av, Mornington, at $40 a head.

Register at trybooking.com. All proceeds will be donated to the White Ribbon Foundation.

Guest speakers will include Acting Senior Sergeant Craig Millar, divisional family violence coordinator, who is involved in work with youth at the Somerville Family Violence Unit. Paul Zappa – director of NIRODAH, an organisation which helps young people to work through issues and build positive and respectful relationships, will also speak at the breakfast.

First published in the Mornington News – 15 November 2016


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