Warwick to walk for peace
WARWICK residents will join together this week to say no to violence.
The annual Warwick Lantern Peace Walk and Candle-lighting Ceremony will take place in Queens Park on Friday night, to support and remember those impacted by domestic and family violence.
Presented by Warwick Safe Haven Inc and Zonta Club of Warwick, the event serves to let the marginalised and impacted within the community know they are thought about and supported.
The event will begin at 6pm near the skate park and candles are being supplied, although guests are invited to bring their own lantern for the peace walk.
The guest speaker this year will be John Minz, coordinator of Toowoomba Together "say no to violence” campaign.
Organiser Bette Bonney said they were hoping to keep growing the crowd at the event.
"It's been well-supported in the past and we're slowly seeing more and more people come along to show their support,” she said.
"It's a great things for kids to start thinking about people are doing it tough, those that might be lonely at Christmas - it's a good way to grow the awareness of young people and across the community.
"Kids get a lot out of it, with the candle lighting and lantern walk.
"The whole event is a really nice way to show our love and support for people impacted by domestic violence.”
The Warwick Police are also firmly on board and Senior Constable Kirsty Moore said throwing their support behind the project was another way for them to raise awareness and show community support.
"Police spend a lot of time dealing with domestic violence related matters,” she said.
"We need more awareness out there about what constitutes violence and what support is available in the local community.”
In partnership with the Southern Downs Regional Council and local community groups, Qld Police will in February launch a Southern Downs Says No To Violence campaign.
"So this event is an ideal time to get the word out and start people thinking about domestic violence,” Snr Const Moore said.
Zonta Club of Warwick president Jenny Loy said domestic violence was a key issue within the community and one they campaigned against strongly.
"The walk coincides with our 16 Days of Activism, which runs from November 25 to December 10,” she said.
"Zonta is passionate about stamping out domestic violence and actively propmote awareness and this event is a great way to do that in a public way.”
All members of the public are invited to take part in the peace walk and candle lighting ceremony.