There’s no family fun day, or motorcycle convoy stopping off, but this year’s White Ribbon campaign has other options to get the community involved and to get the word out on violence prevention.
The White Ribbon campaign has evolved and helped make a difference nationally over the last 30 years, Ashburton Families Without Violence co-ordinator Anna Arrowsmith said.
It was about awareness, education and impacting people.
“Family violence and violence against women takes on all forms and is not just physical.
“There is more awareness today of emotional and verbal abuse as well, and although progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to be done.”
A key part of this year’s campaign is collecting stories of change to help shine a light on what works in violence prevention in the community.
“We want to hear stories of redemption from former survivors and perpetrators of violence and want to know how people have been helped, the tools they have used and the support they have received,” Mrs Arrowsmith said.
Stories can be emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org), posted or dropped in to Safer Mid Canterbury (44 Cass Street).
Mrs Arrowsmith said the stories would be collated and given to visiting White Ribbon motorcycle riders who would deliver them to Parliament with other stories.
One firm fixture of the White Ribbon campaign over the years is back on November 19.
An annual quiz night invites teams of up to six to come together to raise funds that support local work.
Already 17 teams have registered and a maximum of 30 are allowed at the Hotel Ashburton event.
Local businesses will be able to play their part in the campaign and many will be receiving white ribbons to wear this week.
Businesses are encouraged to send in a photo to the Safer Mid Canterbury Facebook page. A share of 15 dozen cup cakes is up for grabs for those supporting the initiative.
The final part of this year’s campaign is encouraging school children to draw and colour in a picture of their family. Every picture will win a prize and pictures can be dropped off at the Safer Mid Canterbury office between November 8 until November 30.
-By Mick Jensen