Another successful White Ribbon Day event, the Midland March That Matters, was held on Thursday 23rd November with the Police Pipe Band bringing people onto their balconies and out of their offices to herald a larger crowd than ever before.
A Smoking Ceremony was held before the March, with a Welcome to Country and the Police Horses and the Police Bike Squad joining in. Detective Matt Bethune sang a song he had composed called “329” about a young child growing up in a family with domestic violence.
Aunty Di Ryder, 2017 Winner of the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award was MC, and thank you especially to a lady who bravely told her story to show that domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. The focus this year was “shift the shame”, and the participants in the event certainly indicated that they understood that stopping violence against women and children is a shared community responsibility.
Thank you to Swan View Primary School for the posters and ribbons that they sent, which were carried in the March that expressed their feelings about violence with messages asking for it to STOP!
Thanks to food donated by Midland IGA and a Barbecue and cooks from Australian Services Union (ASU) we were able to enjoy a sausage sizzle and cold drinks as it was a pretty hot day.
Finally thank you to the Committee and all of those who donated their time and resources, from making the ribbons up to give out, or making and visiting businesses with the posters.
A special thank you to San Churros, who after seeing the parade go past, sent out iced fruit cups to refresh the crowd.
See you again next year!