Boost to White Ribbon Day

November 30, 2016

Rotary District Governor Tony Bramley with Tatura Rotary Club president Simon Pouge.

Tatura Rotary Club could pave the way for a potential national program supporting White Ribbon Day after the community recently raised flags for the initiative.

Club member and Tatura local Bill Purcell, who designed the flags, said six banners were raised in the township’s main street from November 14 to December 1 in support against family violence.

‘‘The flags flying in Tatura over the past week have raised an enormous amount of interest in the town,’’ he said.

‘‘Family violence can occur in all sections of our town, not just the bottom end of town, but right up to and including the very top end of town.

‘‘We men can — and need to — change our attitudes towards women and children.’’

Mr Purcell said after the Tatura Rotary club embraced the project it was now receiving a great deal of inquiries from other Rotary clubs within its district, 9790.

As a result, Mr Purcell explained the club had recently met with Rotary District Governor Tony Bramley to advance its idea to make the flags a state and nation-wide program.

‘‘(He) was so impressed with the idea that he is including an article about it in this month’s district newsletter,’’ Mr Purcell said.

He said the club would create a submission regarding the initiative, hoping to see it on the agenda at the upcoming local Rotary district conference in Shepparton next year.

‘‘We are hoping other Rotary clubs will embrace this initiative of the Tatura Rotary club,’’ he said.

‘‘With every major town having a Rotary club, this could be replicated in not only Victorian towns, but all over Australia on White Ribbon Day next year.

‘‘This is the type of thing that Rotary clubs are good at; doing things for their local communities.’’

Mr Purcell said education was crucial in the battle to reduce family violence.

‘‘We will never stop this age-old problem completely but if we can save even one life it’s worthwhile,’’ he said.

‘‘Anger is the underlying cause of much family violence. We need to control our anger, not allow our anger to control us.’’

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