White Ribbon Ball on the Border
A White Ribbon Ball will be held on the Border in November to promote awareness of the scourge of domestic violence in our community and raise vital funds to tackle the issue.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women. It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change.
Wodonga Councillor and White Ribbon Ambassador Mark Byatt said it was alarming that domestic violence was the leading cause of death and injury in women under 45, with more than one woman murdered by her current or former partner every week.
"A massive 33.3 per cent of women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and what is equally alarming is that of 64 per cent of women who experienced sexual assault, 81 per cent did not report it to police," Cr Byatt said.
"As good men; we must not turn a blind eye to these inexcusable behaviours by other men."
AlburyCity Councillor Henk van de Ven urged people to get behind the White Ribbon campaign and swear to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
"Domestic violence happens in every community around Australia, including ours, and it has to stop," Cr van de Ven said.
"So please, join us at the White Ribbon Ball or visit whiteribbon.org.au to find out more about how you can make a difference."
Victoria Cross recipient Mark Donaldson will give the keynote address at the ball.
As a rebellious teenager Mark Donaldson had a choice - a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime or to change the pattern.
Mark chose the Army where he became a member of Australia's elite Special Air Service (SAS).
The ball - featuring a black and white theme - will be held at The Cube Wodonga at 6.30pm on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
Tickets cost $150 and can be bought from The Cube Wodonga box office on 02 6022 9311 or thecubewodonga.com.au/tickets