In early 2016, both State and Federal Governments launched projects to raise awareness of and to challenge communities to put an end to domestic, gender based and family violence. The challenge was put to communities to help weave one million stars to shine a light on a campaign to end violence and create a spectacular art installation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Townsville Catholic Education Office (TCEO), along with the schools that are part of the Townsville Diocese, set a goal of 10,000 stars to contribute to this project. TCEO staff put aside allocated sessions to make the stars and students from all year levels gave up their morning tea break and lunch breaks to get together and weave stars. This resulted in not just reaching the goal of 10,000 stars, but 11,720 stars to contribute to the project.
Townsville Catholic Education ‘One Million Stars to End Violence’ project organisers, Jodie Davey, Curriculum Adviser and Jennifer Blackshaw, Senior Catholic Education Social Work, were amazed by the response they received from schools.