Benalla White Ribbon Day march attracts 700

STUDENTS REJECT VIOLENCE: Thursday's march in Benalla included strong participation from schools and community groups. The annual event, which began in 2010 with 45 participants, attracted more than 700 marchers.

STUDENTS REJECT VIOLENCE: Thursday's march in Benalla included strong participation from schools and community groups. The annual event, which began in 2010 with 45 participants, attracted more than 700 marchers.

MORE than 700 people declared their opposition to violence by taking part in Benalla’s White Ribbon Day march on Thursday.

The procession started at two points before the groups joined to cross the bridge and assemble at the rose garden for speeches.

SENDING A MESSAGE: Brian Millar, of TAFE Riverina, Albury Council's Frank Zaknich and TAFE Riverina's Pablo Villegas at the Albury TAFE White Ribbon Day luncheon.

SENDING A MESSAGE: Brian Millar, of TAFE Riverina, Albury Council's Frank Zaknich and TAFE Riverina's Pablo Villegas at the Albury TAFE White Ribbon Day luncheon.

Benalla Family Violence Prevention Network chairman Neil Stott said the Benalla march started with 45 people in 2010, with Thursday’s total doubling last year’s figure.

“That gives you a strong indication of how the message has got out there and people have rallied behind the cause and they’re all committed to the same purpose,” Mr Stott said.

“The commitment of the schools to be part of the solution to family violence in Benalla is exceptionally high.”

Mr Stott emphasised the importance of preventing incidents altogether.

“If fathers raised kids with positive values, respect and being able to deal with problems in life without resorting to violence … then this problem won’t exist in 20 years’ time,” he said.

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