Solidarity. For five years now, Soroptimist International of Circular Head has been asking community members to ‘Walk the Talk’ and join them in a united march through Smithton to draw attention to an important issue in society today.
The annual event ties in with Australia’s campaign to end violence against women, led by White Ribbon, which seeks to create a future free from violence and abuse through prevention efforts in schools, workplaces and communities.
This year, the local theme is ‘Community Against Violence’.
Escorted by police, the group will walk through the Smithton CBD on Saturday morning.
Organisers are asking all participants to wear white and to carry a handbag in a show of unity.
Last year the group was led by Circular Head Mayor Daryl Quilliam and fellow men who all wore heels.
The handbags can then be donated, if walkers like, and passed on to Share the Dignity, a charity which will distribute the accessories to women’s shelters across Tasmania.
“We are also asking for donations of sanitary items and other personal items [such as] soaps or deodorant, either in the handbags or separately,” Soroptimist Claire Porteus said.
“We will be collecting on the day and items can be left at the Smithton LINC either before or for at least a week after the event.”
Mrs Porteus encouraged sporting and social clubs to gather their members and join the walk.
“We would love to see a really big crowd walk with lots of men carrying handbags.”
To find out more, visit the group’s Facebook page.
Walk the Talk is on this Saturday (December 10), meeting at Anzac Park, Smithton at 10.15am for a 10.30 start.