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1 Million Stars to End Violence

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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Update December 11th 2016
In celebration of the 24,000 stars created by the community, they will be displayed with pride as part of an exhibition at Realm. Eastland will also display stars in an installation.

Starts Friday 11 November to Thursday 19 January, 2017
at Realm, Ringwood Town Square

Come see them twinkle with support over the Christmas Holidays.

Become 1 in 1 Million Stars who say NO to family Violence
I feel we must all look at the bright shining stars in a velvety night sky with awe at one point in our lives. It might make you revel in the wonderment of life and the possibilities of other life on another planet or new potential within our world. Maybe as a shooting star falls, you might make a wish or send a prayer for the souls on a planet in that distant galaxy, who have lost their sun, and their lives, as it implodes.

But it is a bit harder to see these stars and wonder at the joy they might bring, with one eye closed, aching and bruised from the fists of your partner, your husband, or your defacto. In early 2015, Kerry Michael went hiking in Tasmania, with her husband, probably thinking that the stars would be even more brilliant away from the lights of the city. She was found dead there with severe head trauma.

In 2012, Jill Meagher, probably caught a glimpse of the stars on her way home from the pub after work, before she was brutally raped and killed. It shocked the nation. How can it be that a single woman cannot walk home safely from a pub in Australia? Mothers worry more for their daughters when going out, insisting they never go alone.

1 million stars against violence
Join the community and Make A Star

Artist Maryann Talia Pau was so affected, she started a grass roots project in Brunswick, Victoria to send a message to the world. Violence against women is not on. Violence based on racism is not on. Violence against children is not on. Violence based on sexual preference is not on.

Your Star
Make your Star out of Floral Ribbon

And she started with one simple star of hope made out of florist ribbon. She established a local community group, then a website, and created a demonstration video to show people how to make the stars and sent out this plea, "The short term goal is to weave 1 million stars and to display them somewhere fabulous in Queensland in 2018. The long term goal is be a light and courage for each other and not act violently with our words and actions, but with passion and generosity. Every woven star reminds us that we have to MAKE peace and that it doesn't just happen. Every star is a commitment to resist violence and revenge, to believe in forgiveness and healing. Ending violence is OUR responsibility, not one person, not one organisation or leader, US."

One in 4 women, at some time in their life, has experienced family violence, but then only 1 in 4 of those women actually report it to the police out of fear or retribution and further violence. According to Edleson in 1999, "In addition to exposure to domestic violence, it is estimated that in 30% to 60% of families where domestic violence is a factor, child abuse is also occurring" (Edleson 1999). Reports from the police in Western Australia, showed Indigenous women are 45 times more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous women (Ferrante et al. 1996).

A survey of women who had experienced family violence, showed a shocking figure of 42% that were abused during their pregnancy.

Does this rising rate of violence scare you as much as it scares me? Then join the community and add your voice against violence and make your Star to help raise World Wide awareness. Violence is just not on.

Wyreena Community Arts Centre and Cafe
Wyreena Community Arts Centre

23 Hull Road Croydon Victoria
13-13 Hull Road Croydon, Victoria

Join the volunteers at Wyreena Community Arts Centre 13-23 Hull Road, Croydon Victoria on November 21, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm to meet like minded people and make Stars together.

Tracey Moore
Tracey Moore

Contact Tracey Moore for more details at 9294 5590.

Star Installation
Wyreena Arts Gallery Star Installaton

The stars will go on display at The Art Lounge at Wyreena where you can enjoy coffee and cake while viewing the art display.

The Conservatory Cafe Yummy Cakes and Coffee
Wyreena Cafe Cake, Coffee, Lunch or Wine with Brunch

Coffee and Cake at Art Gallery
Coffe and Cake at The ART LOUNGE

Wine with Lunch in Croydon Victoria
The Conservatory Cafe Open M-F 9am to 4pm Saturday 9am - 3pm

These shining Stars and others from all over the world will then be sent to Brisbane, Queensland to join the installation there by March 2018.

These passionate groups have already hit their 500,000 Star goal.
Make sure you are ONE in a million.
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Why? To raise awareness against family violence!
When: 21 November 2015 10am till 2pm
Phone: 92945590
Where: Wyreena Community Arts Centre
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
A beautifully written article Tricia. It brings a tear to the eye. I cannot make it on the 21st but I will be there in spirit.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7390) 1457 days ago
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