At the beginning of 2018, Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) invited other local health and community services to join its working group, to create and deliver the inaugural Walk to Change the Story, which is being held at 10.30am on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at GLCH McCulloch Street Bairnsdale.
The Walk to Change the Story has been developed as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, which is a global movement designed to end violence against women.
“Walk to Change the Story” aims to raise awareness about the violence that is experienced by women and children in our community. The event also seeks to highlight the local support services available to those impacted, and the many ways that our community can help prevent future violence. The Walk to Change the Story also serves as an important opportunity for the children in our community, to express how such violence affects them.
In 2018, the event includes:
- A community walk along Main Street in Bairnsdale and finishing at the All Abilities Playground
- A BBQ with children’s activities
- A smoking ceremony
- Presentation of a music video that was created by students from Toorloo Arm Primary School
- Guest speakers
- A drumbeat circle
- Information stalls by local organisations and emergency services
- Temporary Tattoo competition
- Opportunity to create a White Ribbon pledge.
All educational institutions, community groups, organisations, businesses and members of the public are invited to participate in the walk and activities on Wednesday 28 November 2018.
GLCH also welcome information about other initiatives that are planned as part of the 16 Days of Activism, so that a calendar of local events and programs for the East Gippsland community can be created and shared.