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    CAMPAIGN CARRIES ON: Wimmera White Ribbon Committee has vowed to continue its anti-violence campaign despite White Ribbon Australia’s demise. The group will officially change its name at an event next month. Pictured, from left, The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre Horsham coordinator Jo-Anne Bates, Wimmera Health Care Group community health coordinator Janine Harfield, committee member Slav Subbotin, chair Geoff Miller and committee member and anti-domestic violence advocate Simone O’Brien. Picture: LOTTE REITER

Anti-violence campaign continues

By LOTTE REITER

A group dedicated to stamping out domestic violence in the Wimmera has vowed to continue its cause despite the collapse of its leading national organisation.

White Ribbon Australia, part of a global social movement aiming to end violence against women and children, closed its doors earlier this month.

But the people behind one of its regional committees are refusing to let the change affect their campaign.



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Wimmera White Ribbon Committee chair Geoff Miller said the group was saddened by the national organisation’s demise, but would maintain its fight against family violence by continuing under a new name.

He said the committee had always been autonomous and set priorities and directions in response to regional needs, and members elected for a name change to prevent any public confusion.

“White Ribbon is bigger than just White Ribbon Australia, it is a community-generated and international movement,” he said.

“But we could understand why people might be confused if a regional White Ribbon event was run when White Ribbon Australia organisation had folded.

“So, the group elected to change our name to continue our work. 

“We will be a Wimmera committee that supports the fight against family violence.”

Mr Miller said members had a primary focus on raising domestic-
violence awareness, and confirmed this direction would continue.

He said the committee’s practice of re-distributing any donations back into the community, rather than towards a larger organisation, would also remain. 

However, as part of White Ribbon Australia’s demise, the group will now have to reconsider its plans and the potential effects on future events.

“Our direction remains the same, we now just need to review if it still makes sense to run events like we have run them in the past, such as the White Ribbon round for football and netball,” he said.

The committee’s next awareness event will be its Walk Against Violence in Horsham on November 22, starting at 12.30pm from Horsham Aquatic Centre car park and ending with a presentation and free barbecue in May Park.

Mr Miller said the committee would announce a new name, as well as five new regional anti-violence ambassadors, during walk presentations. 

He said the event was open to everyone and encouraged people to participate as a show of support for eliminating all forms of violence against women and children.

People interested in finding out more information or taking part in the committee can call Mr Miller on 0428 599 927.

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