Help Support the Tara Costigan Foundation in her memory
On February 28th last year, the domestic violence murder of Tara Costigan shocked Canberra to its core. She left behind three children, including a one week old baby. A walk was organised the following month by family, friends and supporters to share their grief and to make a stand against family violence. The organisers hoped to have around 100 members come together for the 5km 'Walk for Tara'. To their surprise over 5,500 people came to walk in her memory, with the community coming together as one to voice their protest and demand change.
Source: The National Family Violence Summit website
At the Walk's conclusion, Tara's family and friends announced the establishment of the Tara Costigan Foundation. The Foundation is raising funds to establish a unique caseworker service known as Tara's Angels, which will help victims rebuild their lives and gain financial independence for up to two years. It has been inspiring the watch this foundation grow and gain momentum and attract nationwide recognition for their work.Tara Costigan represents all women, men and children who are, and have been, victims of family violence. To read more about Tara Costigan, see here.
In 2016, Tara's Walk for Change will be held on Saturday 19th March from 8am with official speeches and a one minute silence being held at 8:30am. The walk will begin at Patrick White Lawns, loop around Lennox Gardens and return to the Lawns. See map below.
The Walk also signifies the end of the National Family Violence Summit, held at the QT hotel. The summit of a series of guest speakers, presentations and panel discussions highlighting the issue of family violence. It is deliberately held in March, in parliamentary sitting weeks, so a report will be delivered to government that will form the basis for a statement to parliament by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The summit includes guest speaker Australian of the Year Lieutenant General David Morrison, an advocate of gender equality and anti-violence.
Lieutenant General David Morrison. Source: National Family Violence Summit website
The "Walk For Tara" last year was a sombre occasion, with the state still in mourning from the tragic events from only weeks before. The Tara Costigan Foundation has since hit the ground running and forged ahead in demanding change, hence the new name "Tara's Walk for Change". The foundation has provided hope and support to other victims and can celebrate a year of triumphs, after the pain.
Join thousands in donating and taking part in the walk to help the Tara Costigan Foundation - Walk For Change.
Supporters in 2015. Source: Tara Costigan Foundation Facebook