Thursday, February 23, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Take A Seat To Take A Stand

Zonta Club of Bowen oversaw the installation of a 'Red Bench' which aims to raise awareness of domestic violence at the new Bowen Neighbourhood Centre earlier this year.

The local not-for-profit organisation donated the seating as part of the Red Bench Project, a program launched in 2019 by The Red Rose Foundation.

Over 300 Red Benches are dotted across Australia as part of the campaign's aim to “raise awareness and provide an opportunity for this important issue to remain visible.”

The group unveiled the donation as part of its end-of-2022 celebrations before its installation this year.

The Bowen Neighbourhood Centre Red Bench is emblazoned with the Project’s message of “Change the Ending: Let’s Stop Domestic Violence”.

Bowen Neighbourhood Centre Coordinator Stephanie Cora said the bench’s prominent public location is part of that battle of putting an end to domestic violence through awareness.

“It is more than just a place to sit; it can be a place to have a conversation about how we as a community can change,” Ms Cora said.

“We cannot thank Zonta Bowen enough for their donation of the Red Bench and thank you to Michael Dekkert for installing the chair and painting it.”

Zonta Club Bowen also donated funds to the Bowen Community Council and Neighbourhood Centre’s Emergency Crisis Housing Fund which assists with temporary accommodation for persons leaving violent situations, and toiletry bags for the Centre’s clients in need.

Zonta Club of Bowen installed a Red Bench in front of the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre to raise awareness of domestic violence

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