White Ribbon Day: Midland staff well heeled in solidarity for domestic violence victims


Angie Deckelmann, Ethan Cousins, Chris Walker, Kane Watts, Dan Brkovic and Hayley Amundsen will all put their best feet, heels and shoes forward for the 'walk in her shoes' for White Ribbon Day today. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d462232
Angie Deckelmann, Ethan Cousins, Chris Walker, Kane Watts, Dan Brkovic and Hayley Amundsen will all put their best feet, heels and shoes forward for the 'walk in her shoes' for White Ribbon Day today. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d462232

MIDLAND store manager Chris Walker and his team are on point for White Ribbon Day, with male and female staff sporting high heels in a show of solidarity for women affected by domestic violence.

Radio Rentals Wear-a-Pair creates awareness of the world’s largest movement to prevent the rise of physical and psychological abuse.

“It also adds to the other things we are doing at the store today, including selling white ribbons,” Mr Walker said.

“Wear-a-Pair is really about getting our staff actively involved in an activity together and it unites us as a team.

“Domestic violence is often hidden and therefore it’s very hard to understand the real impact in our community,” he said.

“Statistics from White Ribbon indicate that one woman is killed every week in Australia because of domestic violence, and one in four children are exposed to the abuse.

“We just want to send the message that you are not alone; there are many organisations and support services in Midland that are here to help you,” Mr Walker said.

As part of the Thorn Group, Radio Rentals last year began a four-year partnership with White Ribbon and to date more than 100 store managers have undertaken a training program about domestic violence.

White Ribbon Ambassador and group chief executive James Marshall said the goal was to achieve accreditation as a White Ribbon workplace.

The White Ribbon partnership spans all stores and more than 500 employees across Australia.