Remembering lives lost to domestic violence

THE hinterland community is set to gather at Tesch Park in Maleny on May 10 to honour lives lost to domestic violence.

The event is being run by Speak Up Now – Stop Domestic and Family Violence, in conjunction with the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (MNC).

More than one life a week is lost to domestic violence and the candlelight ceremony will honour the men, women and children who have died in this way.

The ceremony is in conjunction with Speak Up Now’s ongoing campaign to end domestic violence.

Last year it gained funding to promote Hairdressers with Hearts, which trains hairdressers and barbers to recognise signs of domestic violence and provide the right advice and referrals.

Renee Harris from Barbers of Maleny said she jumped at the chance to do the online training. “When you’re seeing someone every five weeks you build a rapport and learn to care for your customer,” she said.

“We just let them know there is help available,” Renee said.

DETAILS: Tesch Park, Maleny from 5pm. Includes guest speakers and BBQ and live music afterwards at MNC.