Help raise money to fight domestic violence.
Help raise money to fight domestic violence.

'Help us paint the town purple against violence'

CAITLYN Blackmore and I are Tannum Sands State High School Year 11 students.

We are undertaking our certificate II in business and certificate II in workplace practices onsite at Boyne Smelter through the EBITS program.

A few weeks ago our teacher, Tamra Costello, mentioned an organisation called Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence Initiative.

We were made aware of the Paint the Town Purple campaign and thought we would jump on board and help raise awareness and money.

School students came together and tied purple ribbons to the fence to raise awareness in our community and help put a stop to domestic and family violence.

CCRDFV is a local organisation and all funds raised go directly to programs such as Love Bites, which raises awareness, educates school students on the matter and how victims can seek help, and helps those affected by domestic and family violence. Caitlyn and I are also selling raffle tickets in the community.

We have had overwhelming support from local businesses, despite hard economic times. Thanks to our major sponsor, Delaware North Parks and Resorts, first prize is two nights accommodation at Heron Island, for two people, including breakfast and the return barge.

Second prize is a number of vouchers, gift baskets, and other small gifts with a value of more than $500. Tickets are $2 or three for $5.

Students at Tannum Sands High can buy tickets from outside the canteen at lunch breaks. Parents may call the school on 4979 9777 and ask for Tamra Costello.

Tickets will also be sold at the Gladstone hockey fields this Saturday from 8am to noon, at the Mariners soccer fields from 1pm to 3pm and on Thursdays outside Tannum Sands Coles from noon to 2.30pm.