Louisa joins the Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival!
Louisa Domestic Violence Service joined the annual Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival held on 5 March 2017 at the Queanbeyan Park. Louisa put up a booth at the festival providing information kit on domestic violence and other related issues in various languages targeting diverse members of the community. Louisa staff also prepared 71 River She-Oaks and Kurrajong plant seedlings as giveaways for people who visited the booth in exchange for a donation. The 71* plant seedlings symbolises the 71 women who died in Australia in 2016 due to violence against women. The seedlings were all donated by Vera Kurz, a long-time domestic violence advocate and a board member of the Louisa DV Service.
After putting in a 20 dollar bill into the donation box, one lady said, “I have been to the refuge before and without them I don’t know how I will survive. That’s why I always make sure I give something back even though it’s just a small amount.”
At the end of the day, we were able to collect a considerable amount of donation from the seedlings. Thanks to those who donated!
Likewise, a play centre was also put by Louisa Service alongside the booth for families with kids. Kids came to make necklace out of colourful pasta beads, played with play doh, water bubbles, among other games. It was a hit among the kids!
The annual Multicultural Festival was organised by the Queanbeyan City Council in partnership with Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Queanbeyan Multilingual Centre. This year is the 10th year anniversary of the yearly event and so far is the biggest and the most vibrant since its beginning with more than 20 amazing presentations from different multicultural organisations in Queanbeyan, Canberra and even from abroad.
Louisa Domestic Violence Service is looking forward to joining again next year!
plant seedlings for donation
*statistics from Destroy the Joint Project