$25,000 raised to tackle family violence

09 November 2015

The inaugural White Ribbon Ball on Saturday night raised $25,000 to tackle the issue of family violence on the Border.

The ball was hosted by Wodonga Council, AlburyCity and Victoria Police.

About 200 people were at The Cube Wodonga to hear Victoria Cross recipient Mark Donaldson VC tell his story of the day he received the Victoria Cross as well as the more personal details of the disappearance, presumed murder, of his mother when he was a young man.

The SAS soldier implored all in the community to be the role models on how women are treated. 

AlburyCity Deputy Mayor Cr David Thurley said violence against women was an issue that we all need to talk about. 

"Whether it's actual physical violence or whether it's a look or an inappropriate remark, we cannot
let it pass," Cr Thurley said. 

"We must all stand up and say 'That's not acceptable!' We need to be role models to our children and our colleagues. You don't need to be a VC winner to be a hero in this issue." 

White Ribbon Ambassador and Wodonga councillor Mark Byatt said the ball was the first step in raising awareness and funds to face the issue in the local community. 

"It's time, we as a community, take ownership of this issue and work together to make a difference in our community on the issue of family violence," Cr Byatt said. 

Cr Byatt thanked the community, and particularly local businesses, for their strong show of support in turning out for the ball and being a part of the campaign to tackle the issue. 

It was supported by local businesses including Caravan Industry Association Victoria and Telstra Business Centres in Albury-Wodonga as well as the Joss Group, Hume Bank, Lewis Homes and Gloss and Bean.