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The 2019 Walk to Change the Story event was held today at Bairnsdale Primary School, with local students, businesses, organisations and community members taking to the streets and creating an unmissable sea of orange.

Facilitated by Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH), the second annual Walk event was part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, which aims to help end gender based violence around the world.

GLCH’s Chief Executive Officer, Sue Medson OAM said, “Last year we were ranked number 4 out of 79 local government areas for reported incidents in family violence but recently this ranking has increased to number 2, with our neighbours in Latrobe Valley being number 1. It’s not an accolade we want, but it does confirm our region’s need for events such as this.”

Ms Medson added, “The aim of Walk to Change the Story is to bring people’s attention to the issues – particularly young people who are the future and who have the power to make a real difference.”

Walk organiser and GLCH’s Specialist Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Family Violence worker Nicole Lewis said, “We are hoping that this statistic has risen because people are reporting more often, and are feeling more comfortable to report.”