Canowindra invited to march against domestic violence

A street march in Canowindra this Friday to raise awareness of domestic violence will feature a special appearance from ultramarathon runner Kirrily Dear.

Ms Dear completed a nine-day, 1300km run from Broken Hill to Sydney during September in an effort to give people a voice who have been victims of domestic violence.

She will put domestic violence in the spotlight when she speaks at a service following the march that ends at Memorial Park.

“She came through here for her run but didn’t get to much in the community. It was a tough few days of her run. She’ll be in Orange this week so we asked her if she’d come down here and she said yes,” White Ribbon Day march organiser Alison Stephens said.

Ms Dear will also present medals to the Canowindra team that participated in the virtual run event as part of her Run Against Violence event.

Support for the march comes from Canowindra High School, Canowindra Public School and St Edward’s Primary School with representatives from the primary schools and the entire high school marching.

The march begins at 1.45pm at the top of Gaskill Street and will end at Memorial Park where a ceremony begins about 2pm.

The domestic violence committee for White Ribbon Day includes Anna Cobb, Trudi Weyman and Alison Stephens. Ross Cleary is master of ceremonies for the service.

Meanwhile the Canowindra High School is continuing to promote healthy relationships through its Love Bites program.

The program is a domestic and family violence and sexual assault program for students in Year 9 and Year 10, aged between 15 and 17.