Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A One Million Stars event is set to take place in St Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe at 3pm tomorrow with many different community groups involved.

The Community Response to Domestic Abuse Western Region Network was established 20 years ago to raise awareness and ensure a coordinated response to ending domestic abuse in communities around Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. It is comprised of Frontline services, Family Resource Centres, and community projects.

Each year, they come together to recognise the 16 Days of Activism, November 25th – December 10th – a worldwide campaign opposing violence against women and children. This year, they are embracing the One Million Stars Campaign, a campaign started in Melbourne, Australia in 2012 following the sad and untimely murder of a young Irish Woman. A Samoan artist began weaving the stars to represent light, hope and solidarity, with a bid to have 1 Million Stars weaved worldwide. 

This campaign was brought to Ireland by Siobhan McQuillan, from Ambre Women’s Refuge, in 2019.  Each point on the star represents aspects of a healthy relationship: Respect, Acceptance, Trust, Effort, Balance, Unity, Communication and Empathy.

Many services around Ballinrobe collaborated to make this ceremony happen. Tacu Family Resource Centre have embraced the campaign and worked in conjunction with Maple Youth Centre, Ballinrobe Youthreach, Ballinrobe Men’s Shed and many volunteers and participants in the workshops that ran over several weeks.

Local young man Eoin Cameron will provide the entertainment with some live music, as well as music from the Men’s Shed.

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