Leongatha Community Hub weaving stars to campaign against violence

DATE: 6 June 2017

Leongatha Community Hub weaving stars to campaign against violence

Since February, customers from the Leongatha Community Hub have been hard at work weaving stars from ribbons as part of the global One Million Stars to End Violence ProjectThe purpose of the project is to promote community connectedness and awareness to end violence.

Since February, customers from the Leongatha Community Hub have been hard at work weaving stars from ribbons as part of the global One Million Stars to End Violence ProjectThe purpose of the project is to promote community connectedness and awareness to end violence.

Those involved in the project are aiming to weave one million stars by 2018 to feature in an art installation at next year's Commonwealth Games.

Annick Cerdor, a Disability Support Worker from the Leongatha Community Hub who has been coordinating the project, says she amazed at how popular the project has become.

"It started in Queensland and has since spread across Australia and the world and now many people are weaving stars to show their support for ending violence."

The Leongatha Community Hub became involved in the project after Tania Bird, the drama teacher from Community College Gippsland, introduced the idea to the Hub customers, who were all very excited to get involved and start weaving stars.

"We've since been taking 10 minutes at the end of every drama class on a Monday afternoon to work on our stars", said Ms Cerdor. "We make stars from ribbon which we cut into the desired length and weave together."

"We've been working like busy bees and have made 322 stars", continued Ms Cerdor.

"We're aiming to make a total of 500, which will contribute to the 10,000 stars expected to be made in the entire Gippsland region. We will send our stars to the Gold Coast in July so they can become part of the installation at the Games next year".

While the customers really enjoy the creative side of the One Million Stars, Ms Cerdor says that they also understand how important the project is.

"The customers have a great understanding of the purpose of the project," said Ms Cerdor, "and as we work and weave our stars together we also talk about violence and the impact it can have on our community."

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