WHITE RIBBON MARCH

Supt Rob Critchlow, Sarah Keane, Police Youth Liaison officer Rob Paterson and Mici Beer Hills Community Aid.
Supt Rob Critchlow, Sarah Keane, Police Youth Liaison officer Rob Paterson and Mici Beer Hills Community Aid.

Thousands of people brought the heart of Castle Hill to a stop at 7am today, Friday as they marched from Castle Towers down Castle St to Castle Hill RSL.

It was fourth White Ribbon Day March in the Hills and was a very public demonstration that people want to STOP the violence.

Hills Police Area Commander Supt Rob Crithclow said: “The march has grown steadily over the four years of its life.

“It is crucial to show unequivocal unified opposition to violence.

“I have spoken to sufferers of domestic violence and they take courage and inspiration from this public show of support for them and their families.

“This courage then translates to reports from those who may have suffered in silence previously. “
Lead by students from high schools across the Hills, participants spanned several generations.

“DV affects all sectors of our community and no one is immune. The participation of young people and children in particular is crucial as the shaping of their attitudes is the key to a positive future,” said Supt Critchlow.

The march ended with breakfast at Castle Hill RSL.

Guest speakers were White Ribbon Ambassador Simon Bouda from Channel Nine and author Renee McBryde.

MC at the student breakfast was Marco Capobianco from the Conviction Group.

Two white Ribbon installations were set up by Hills Community Aid in partnership with Castle Towers in the past two weeks including a wall on the lower level where people could make their White Ribbon pledges.(photographed)

If you need help call the 24-hour domestic violence helpline 1800RESPECT (1800 65 64 63).

If it’s an emergency call 000.