A group of TAFE Western students studying Welfare at Orange College have been working with the Orange Domestic Violence Action Group to organise a community event to raise awareness about family, domestic and community violence.
The MARCH AGAINST VIOLENCE is to be held on Friday 29 October from 6.30 to 8.30pm. Those interested are invited meet at Robertson Park (opposite the Court House) and then participate by marching along Byng, Anson, Summer and Peisley streets to the Library North Court.
The Rotary Club of Orange North will, as part of its Community Participation Program, provide a free sausage sizzle for the participants in the walk. The event will also include some free prizes and entertainment with all proceeds going towards community projects funded by the Rotary Club Orange North.
TAFE Welfare teacher, Alex Ruse said "Organising this event has been a great opportunity for our students to work with local organisations like the Orange Domestic Violence Action Group and to contribute to an important community project.
"Increasing our knowledge and understanding of issues around domestic violence is an important step in making our community a safer place to live and work, especially for families.
Similar events are now held all around the world. For many years the Orange Domestic Violence Action Group has held Reclaim the Night marches for women however in 2010 the group has widened ifs focus to include the whole community.
Roy Finch, Chairperson of the Orange Domestic Violence Action Group said, "It's really important for everyone to understand that there are programs in place to help people who are affected by violent behavior. We have to work at all levels, to help people and ultimately to prevent it."
Everyone is welcome to participate in the March Against Violence on 29th. People wanting more information should contact Sandra Katbay, Co-ordinator of Operation Courage, on 6361 1056