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Symbols of hope in West Wimmera

West Wimmera Shire Council is working with its schools and communities in the region to raise awareness of this year’s White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Day, on November 20, raises awareness of domestic violence and encourages people to come together and commit to preventing violence against women in Australia.

This year, the West Wimmera council will put up white-ribbon symbols in each town and ask communities and students to show their support and tie a white ribbon to the symbols. 

Council chief executive David Leahy said it was important the council and the community supported the cause, even in a COVID-19 environment.

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He said by having white-ribbon symbols throughout the shire, people could easily support the cause safely and commit to ending family violence in the region.

White-ribbon symbols will be at Goroke, Edenhope, Apsley, Kaniva and Harrow.

At Goroke, the symbol will be on the front fence of Goroke P-12 College and people keen to  show support will be able to collect a white ribbon from Goroke IGA Supermarket.

At Edenhope, the symbol will be on the front fence of the Edenhope College. Ribbons can be collected from West Wimmera Shire Council’s Edenhope office.

At Apsley, the symbol will be on a playground fence on the Wimmera Highway and people can collect ribbons from Apsley Post Office.

A Kaniva symbol will be on the fence at Gary Mills Plumbing in Commercial Street, with ribbons available from West Wimmera Shire Council’s Kaniva office. 

Harrow Town Hall fence is the symbol site at Harrow and people can collect ribbons from Harrow Post Office.

Mr Leahy said everyone in West Wimmera Shire was invited to tie a ribbon on a symbol. 

“This is a really important issue in our community and it is vital we all do our part to make our shire a safer place for everyone,” he said. 

“One in four women in Australia have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner. It is a serious issue and one that is present in our communities.

“We need to work together to create change and I encourage everyone in the community to show their support.”

The entire November 18, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!