Posted on: 26/07/2018

How do we stop family violence?

Hi all,

The work of Windermere really strikes a chord with me. That’s why I am proud to be a Windermere Ambassador.

The organisation services a need in the community that really does not get the support it should. You would hate to see anyone in your family in trouble and being exposed to a harmful domestic situation.

Early prevention and education is one of the keys to preventing family violence. Victims must know where they can turn to for help. It’s not easy to leave a relationship if you feel threatened or that you will be unable to put food on the table for your kids or a roof over their heads.

There is help out there.

In a life threatening or emergency situation call 000.

Contact Windermere during working hours on 1300 946 337 to find out more how they can help. Or see their handy list of support numbers for out of hours crisis support.

Kokoda preparation

Unfortunately one of our younger team members, Will Bainbridge has had to pull out due to VCE commitments.  This was a very difficult decision for him and also a great disappointment. On behalf of the team I want to acknowledge the effort Will has put into Kokoda and wish him the best for his studies. Thank you Will and Good Luck. On a brighter note, I welcome Steve Muntz to the team.

As the trip gets closer, I’m starting to think more about preparation. We have many people from many different backgrounds on the trek. Some of us come from sporting backgrounds, while some of us did very little physical activity before committing to Kokoda. So we are all starting with very different needs and challenges.

I’ve been sorting out my footwear for the trip so I can train in them. I’ve been told it’s essential to get this right. After all, we are all relying on our hips, legs and feet to carry us on the 96 kilometre length of the Kokoda Track. This makes me think of Kurt Fearnley, Australia’s awesome Paralympian marathoner who was the exception to this. He dragged himself on his hands along the Kokoda Track in 2009! Hopefully, none of our team will need to do this.

Kokoda is going to be a tough trip, but it is do-able and I for one am looking forward to the challenge and  experience.

 

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Richo and the team are busy training for Kokoda.

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