White Ribbon barbecue in Naracoorte

Nearly 60 people attended the combined service clubs of Naracoorte (Soroptimists, Rotary and Lions) White Ribbon barbecue event, held at the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms on Friday night.

With perfect weather, the event was held outdoors with guest speaker Jack Lane, a White Ribbon Youth Ambassador, informing guests of some horrifying statistics regarding domestic violence in our country.

“Just under 500,000 Australian women reported that they had experienced physical or sexual violence or sexual assault in the past 12 months,” Jack said.

“More than a million women had experienced physical or sexual assault by their male current or ex-partner since the age of 15.”

Statistics such as these are the motivation for Jack to be a White Ribbon Youth Ambassador, to try to make a difference.

“For such a modern, progressive country like Australia, these statistics are awful and enough is enough,” he said.

Despite the difficulty of the topic being discussed, Jack kept the crowd’s attention throughout his presentation, as he spoke of some of the signs to look out for that someone might be a victim and what to do about it.

The event was kindly sponsored by Teys Australia Naracoorte, Tender Cuts Butchers and The Veg Shed, who provided the tasty barbecue enjoyed by all after Jack’s presentation.

A raffle draw was conducted with prize winners Ian Davey (cryovac of meat from Teys Australia Naracoorte), Norma Davis and Sarah McWaters (prize packs donated by Kincraig Terry White Chemmart Naracoorte) all winning prizes on the night.

Through gold coin donations on arrival, and raffle entries, a total of $157 was raised which will be donated directly to the Limestone Coast Domestic and Family Violence group based in Mount Gambier, to help those immediately affected by domestic violence.

The organising committee wishes to thank everyone involved in making this event such a success and hope to build on it in the years to come, to help put an end to domestic violence in our region.

Enough is enough.