Portland Challenged To Be A Star In Fight Against Violence

Great to have some school representatives along, all ready to take back to their schools
CEO Chris Giles has made her first star towards the project
Friday, 13 January 2017
PDH has joined the One Million Stars to End Violence Project and hopes Portland can achieve status as a `star weave community’ by making 10,000 stars.

Portland District Health is challenging the local community to become a star in the fight against violence.

PDH has joined the One Million Stars to End Violence Project and hopes Portland can achieve status as a `star weave community' by making 10,000 stars.

The first community workshop to learn about making stars has been a success and the second workshop will be held next week - Wednesday 18th January, 4-6pm in the PDH dining room.

PDH organiser Carolyn Malseed, community engagement and fundraising, said One Million Stars is a community project designed to end violence.

The project is about individuals, groups and communities joining in the conversation of ending violence across the world and to weave one million stars by July 2017, she said.

The stars made locally will be part of an installation at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Ms Malseed said the One Million Stars campaign would build on PDH's involvement in the White Ribbon program which seeks to end violence against women.

One Million Stars seeks to end all forms of violence against all members of the community, including violence against women, bullying and racism, she said.

The One Million Stars project began in Brunswick Victoria, 2012 as a response to the rape and murder of a local woman. Since then, it has grown into an international weaving movement with stars being woven by communities in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe and the USA. The project organisers believe it is an opportunity to remind each other that we can do something about it and not feel paralysed. Every woven star reminds us that we have to make peace and safe spaces and that it doesn't just happen.

Stars can be made of various materials including ribbon, magazines, newspaper, children's artwork, junk mail and others.

Ms Malseed said it would take a mighty effort to make 10,000 stars. I am confident we can get support and if the community really gets behind the campaign 10,000 is not an unrealistic number. We would like to see community groups and local organisations become active participants in this campaign by holding their own star making activities, she said.

The stars are made to specific instructions set by the One Million Stars organisers. Instructions will be available at the workshops, at main reception at PDH and on the website http://www.onemillionstars.net/

A display of the locally-made stars will be near the main entrance of PDH during March.

A place to drop off completed stars and sign the contributors’ board will be located near the lift at PDH from now until the end of March.

Anyone interested in supporting the campaign by making stars and involving your networks can contact Ms Malseed on 55 221182, camalseed.pdh@swarh.vic.gov.au

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