Grenfell Voices against Violence

Members of the Grenfell community are invited to attend a White Ribbon Day event to be hosted by the Grenfell ‘Voices against Violence’ committee.

The event will take place at the The Henry Lawson High School auditorium on Friday September 15 commencing at 11.30am – 1.30pm.

Angela Barker along with her parents, Helen and Ian, will be special guest speakers at the event.

Angela Barker is an inspirational young woman who grew up in rural Victoria.

At age 16 Angela was brutally physically assaulted by her ex-boyfriend and suffered severe brain damage.

The prognosis was she would remain in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. Now age 32, through continuous therapy, ongoing operations and Angela’s strength and determination, she continues to inspire everyone with her ongoing recovery.

Angela educates communities on healthy relationships and promotes anti-violence messages, talking to thousands of students, men, women, workers and Politicians. 

As of 2011, Angela has shared her story with over 10,000 teens across Australia and internationally.

In 2007, Angela told the story of her assault in a special session of the United Nations General Assembly devoted to children.

She was chosen as one of 15 women to meet at the UN for a four-day conference on activism and policy.

She has worked with the Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance, and represented young people at multiple Australian Labor Party conferences.

In 2015, she was the special guest at a White Ribbon Day march in Lakemba.

Angela has received many awards due to her experience and the work she does to highlight the “No to Violence” message.

Cost is $20 per person and numbers are strictly limited so be sure to RSVP by Friday September 8. Cost includes a BBQ lunch as well as tea and coffee.

For further details or to RSVP please contact Grenfell Community Health on 02 6349 1777.

Angela Barker, pictured with Australian of the Year DV survivor Rosie Batty. Photo courtesy of News Local.

Angela Barker, pictured with Australian of the Year DV survivor Rosie Batty. Photo courtesy of News Local.

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