This year’s Redlands Coast Candle Lighting Vigil will be held at Raby Bay Harbour Park on Wednesday 5 May, to remember those who have been lost due to domestic and family violence.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Redlands Coast vigil – presented by Council, Red Rose Foundation, and The Centre for Women and Co. – was a local tradition which was held simultaneously with vigils across the state to mark the beginning of Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.
“The vigil is an opportunity to show those who have been troubled by some of the most horrific examples of brutality that we stand with them,” Cr Williams said.
“We must let our candles show that we as a community acknowledge the grief, terrible loss and long-term impact felt by the victims’ families and loved ones.
“As we have seen on the news recently, and in reports of domestic violence crime rising since the onset of COVID-19, the scourge of family violence is an ongoing battle.
“We as a community and society must stand as one and say ‘Enough is enough’.
“In Australia, at least one woman is killed every week by an intimate partner.
“Too often children, and sometimes men, are also the victims of these homicides.
“Legislative changes and education programs aimed at creating long-term behaviour changes are part of the wider societal response to addressing this insidious violence.
“At the grass-roots level, the Candle Lighting Vigils are a way for us to continue to say we want it to stop, we stand with those who continue to be troubled by it, and we support those who confront this brutality as members of our frontline services.”
Community members are invited to attend.
When: 5.30pm; Wednesday 5 May, 2021
Where: Raby Bay Harbour Park, Shore Street West, Cleveland
Walk the Talk: Join the Zonta Club of Wynnum Redland Inc and Soroptimists International Bayside to walk united to the Candle Lighting Vigil to show your support to eliminate domestic and family violence.
- 4.45pm – Meet at Kyling Corner (cnr Waterloo and Middle streets, Cleveland)
- 5.00pm – Walk as a united group to Raby Bay Harbour Park, Cleveland
- 5.30pm – Attend the Candle Lighting Vigil to remember those who have died because of domestic and family violence