Donations help spread call to end violence
DONATIONS are great but the real value in a recent fundraising venture has come with the anti-domestic violence message it has helped to spread throughout the Sunshine Coast community.
Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Committee president Darryl Johnson, who is also a police officer, said increasing awareness and education about domestic violence was not something that happened just on White Ribbon Day.
The six-member Sunshine Coast committee was formed about four months ago to promote year-round the national campaign to prevent men's violence against women.
Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club has shown its support by donating money from coffees it sold at its kiosk.
All up they raised nearly $1200 for the Sunshine Coast committee.
Superintendent Johnson said the money was great but creating awareness about White Ribbon's goals with all of those customers was where his organisation really got value.
"It starts that conversation,” Supt Johnson said.
"We invite any number of sporting organisations and youth organisations as well as businesses on the Coast to become involved in that movement.”
He said the money would go towards implementing initiatives such as the Breaking the Silence program in Coast schools, set to begin next year.
Breaking the Silence provides knowledge, tools and strategies for teachers and principals to implement respectful relationships and domestic violence education programs.
The program builds on existing initiatives to strengthen a culture of respect and equality at all levels of the school community.
It does that through curriculum, role modelling from staff, policies and procedures, domestic violence education programs and strengthened family and community partnerships.
Supt Johnson said it was important to get White Ribbon messages across to boys when they were young.
"We are quite confident a significant number of our schools will take up that opportunity.”