November 14, 2017
Randwick City Council and the NSW Police Force are standing united to stop violence against women by coming together for White Ribbon Day for Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk on Friday, 24 November 2017.
Mayor of Randwick, Lindsay Shurey, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and Eastern Beaches Superintendent Karen McCarthy, will lead thousands of locals from High Cross Park in Randwick to Grant Reserve at Coogee Beach as they collectively say no to violence against women.
In addition, Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk will also be attended by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) Governor of New South Wales, and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley; Pru Goward, Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Adam Goodes; Senior executives from various NSW Government Departments (Army, Navy, Police, Ambulance and Corrective Services); representatives from various sporting codes and members of NSW Parliament. L-Fresh the Lion will be the White Ribbon Australia 2017 Walk Ambassador and we will have a great representation of students from local high schools.
“This is the seventh year that Council has worked with the NSW Police to create a mass event that drives home a vital message,” said Mayor Shurey.
“Each year we walk because violence towards women and children is not tolerated. We walk to remind all members of our community of this fact. We walk because our visible, collective presence on the streets is a show of support for the vulnerable. We walk as an outward promise that we will stand up and speak out when we see acts of abuse.
“It is an honour to work so closely with the NSW Police. I have a great amount of respect for the extraordinary job they do, responding to domestic violence call outs and offering invaluable support to those who need it most.
“It is great to have the support of so many local high schools. We need to educate young men about taking action if they see violence against women; and we need to educate young women to know that domestic violence is not OK and to speak out.”
Eastern Beaches Local Area Commander, Superintendent Karen McCarthy said the event will hopefully encourage members of the community to take the pledge to not commit, condone, or remain silent about domestic violence.
“Domestic and family violence does not discriminate; it is not exclusive to any socio-economic group, gender, age or culture,” Supt McCarthy said.
“Police deal with domestic violence incidents every day, and see first-hand the impact and harm on victims, their families – including children – and the wider community.
“As a community, we need to stand up and say no to domestic violence, we need to challenge and change disrespectful attitudes and beliefs and bring the issue out from behind closed doors,” Supt McCarthy said.
Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk t-shirts and caps will be available for purchase from High Cross Park before the start of the walk for $10, with gold coin donations collected during the BBQ breakfast at Grant Reserve.
All funds raised will be donated to White Ribbon Australia to help fund education, training and awareness programs to stop violence against women.
How to show your support?
Join Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk and share a photo of you on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #arealmansaysno.
Time: 7:15am (Walk starts at 7:30am)
When: Friday 24 November 2017
Where: High Cross Park, Randwick
Activities: March to Grant Reserve at Coogee Beach, mass oath-swearing ceremony and free barbecue breakfast.