White Ribbon Day - Zonta says No to Violence Against Women
During White ribbon day on November 25th, the Zonta Club of Bendigo joined another 500 members of the local community for a gathering and march through the Bendigo CBD, for the Zonta Says NO to Violence against Women campaign.
“We are excited to partner with other Bendigo organisations to raise awareness of domestic violence and violence against women in our community” said Kathryn Patarica, president of the Zonta Club of Bendigo.
“The community walk and the personal stories of guest speakers: Inspector Ron Gardner community Engagement officer with Victoria Police and Anj barker, who was almost killed when, as a 15 yr old, her "boyfriend" attacked her after she decided to end their relationship, were very moving and tangible ways of highlighting this terrible and on-going problem. We are proud to be joining thousands of events across the world conducted or supported by Zontians for the International Day for the elimination of violence against women”
Zonta Bendigo ran a stall selling White ribbons and wristbands, our Club's "Zonta Says No to violence against women "T-shirts, Zonta aprons, bookmarks and Club Rose cards. Our orange T-shirts and fantastic banner were very prominent in the march.
Zonta Bendigo had 16 members and several partners / husbands participating in the community march. The event received publicity on the WIN television network and in local daily newspaper - Bendigo Advertiser and in the Bendigo Weekly newspaper. 2 State politicians, and many significant community male leaders such as the CEO of the City of Greater Bendigo Council, and a contingent from the Country Fire Authority were among the hundreds of participants.