“To see the community stand shoulder to shoulder today and say no to domestic violence is a great sign that Toowoomba is leading the rest of Queensland in saying no to violence,” said the State Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey, who attended the early morning event on White Ribbon Day, November 25, organised by the Toowoomba Regional Council.
“This is the first time we’ve seen such a large number of the community coming together for this cause, and it certainly puts Toowoomba on the map as a safe place to work and play,” said Mr Dempsey.
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio came up with the idea of challenging 1000 men to gather as one large white ribbon and together swear an oath to never commit, excuse, or be silent about violence against women.
“I think we’ve gone well beyond our expectation of 1000 men,” said Mayor Antonio on the morning. “I think this is very good for this community. It sends a very strong message that Toowoomba does say no to violence.”
“It’s so good to see the schools, Police, Army and churches represented here today,” he said.
The Mayor was joined by the Premier of Queensland, Hon. Cambell Newman, as together they lead those gathered in taking the oath.
“It’s so good to see a total commitment from this community to make sure we say no to violence,” said Mayor Antonio. “There is no doubt Toowoomba is leading this charge.”