Midland March That Matters

14 Nov, 2016

The Spirit of the Streets choir brought an extra note of harmony to the third Midland March That Matters at Midland on Friday November 25.

The annual march, organised by the North-East Metro White Ribbon Day Committee, was held on White Ribbon Day with the aim of raising awareness and supporting the campaign to stop men’s violence against women.

Relationships Australia’s Midland Branch Co-ordinator Kristy Darnborough said the choir added an uplifting dimension to the day, which the committee hopes will encourage people to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.

A free sausage sizzle was held after the march and guest speakers included Police Superintendent Kim Massam, CEO of Koolkuna Robyn Fitall and Relationships Australia’s DV Services Facilitator Kevin Ma’har. People also signed the banner to pledge their commitment to prevent domestic violence.

The committee is made up of representatives from local community service organisations including: Midland Women’s Health Care Place, Centrecare, Relationships Australia, Parkerville Children and Youth Care, Koolkuna, and Indigo Junction (formerly known as Swan Emergency Accommodation) who provide services and support to the many people impacted by this issue.

Domestic and family violence has long term implications for everyone involved, including children. Children who grow up experiencing forms of violence in the home are more likely to perform poorly at school and may take on negative ideas about themselves.

White Ribbon Day is a time to grow our communities’ awareness of domestic violence, its significant consequences and that we all have a role to play in this campaign.

The march was sponsored by the City of Swan, Midland Supa IGA, and the Australian Services Union.

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