BENDIGO will celebrate the White Ribbon movement today with a community event in Hargreaves Mall.
White Ribbon Day is on Sunday, but Bendigo will throw its support behind the event today with a community lunch in the mall from noon to 2pm.
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national male-led violence prevention campaign and is designed to stop violence against women.
Bendigo boasts six White Ribbon ambassadors this year – Haven CEO Ken Marchingo, former AFL player Rick Ladson, Bendigo Business Council CEO Partick Falconer, ecological sustainability business mentor Ian McBurney, Bendigo police officer Shannon Joyce and City of Greater Bendigo manager of strategy Nick Byrne.
Centre Against Sexual Assault chief executive Eileen Oates said it was heartening to see the community supporting White Ribbon Day. Ms Oates gave Wednesday’s White Ribbon breakfast a big thumbs up.
“It was a great initiative of the Bendigo Business Council, especially because of the important role employees can play in supporting women experiencing violence,” she said.
“It’s been great to see the way the Bendigo community has got behind this initiative as part of a global movement to eradicate violence against women.
“It would be good if that message was on the agenda 365 days a year.”
Ms Oates said she hoped to see as many people as possible at today’s community event.
Yarn bombers have decorated Hargreaves Mall ahead of White Ribbon Day. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
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