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Flying flag against violence

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July 18, 2017

Tatura Rotary Club president Simon Pogue, Rotarian Bill Purcell and Assistant District Governor April Halliday.

The Tatura Rotary Club has been awarded the Club of the Year title in its district for its support of White Ribbon Day, raising awareness against domestic violence.

District 9790 presented the District Governor’s citation at a recent changeover meeting at Hill Top Golf and Country Club.

Tatura Rotary Club president Simon Pogue accepted the award from Assistant District Governor April Halliday, acting on behalf of the District Governor.

‘‘White Ribbon Day is about creating awareness that family violence is not okay,’’ Mr Pogue said.

‘‘It’s an insidious disease that needs to be stamped out.’’

In November last year, the club designed and purchased six town flags. These were proudly flown for two weeks in Hogan St, Tatura, to coincide with White Ribbon Day.

Tatura Rotarian Bill Purcell, who was integral in the flag project, said District Governor Tony Bramley visited the club on his annual visit last November.

‘‘He was so impressed with the impact and awareness that the flags created, he invited the club to showcase the idea at the Rotary Conference held in Shepparton in March this year,’’ he said.

With the flags prominently displayed on either side of the main stage during the conference, Mr Pogue gave an address to the conference delegates.

‘‘The club also manned an information booth over the three-day conference where they heard of incidences spoken about by people (which) reinforced how prevalent the issue is in our society and how important it is to raise awareness and bring about change,’’ Mr Purcell said.

He said it was hoped other Rotary clubs and towns would follow the Tatura Rotary Club’s lead in raising awareness about family violence.

‘‘The flags will be flown every year around White Ribbon Day,’’ he said.

Mr Purcell thanked the Greater Shepparton City Council for its support.

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