More than $30,000 has again been raised for White Ribbon Day by the Men in Uniform campaign involving ACT Policing, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA).
White Ribbon Day Ambassador and Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers, said he was overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and the dedication of all forces in attendance.
“The benchmark was set extremely high at $30,000 raised last year, but we stepped up to the challenge and have again reached our fundraising target,” Assistant Commissioner Lammers said.
“The show of support by the community, our police officers, and those of the Australian Defence Force and emergency services was outstanding and I thank them for their commitment.
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“We also received 540 oaths across the stalls – affirmations from the public never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.”
“Our statistics show that reports about family violence incidents to police have increased by 11 per cent compared to the 2011-12 financial year and we want to continue to encourage more people to pick up the phone and call police if they know someone who might be suffering.”
Men in Uniform stalls ran from 10am to 2pm at shopping centres and Bunnings stores across Canberra on Saturday 23 November.
The Canberra Centre claimed the winning stall raising almost a quarter of the funds and 250 oaths signed, while the Tuggeranong Hyperdome was the runner-up in the most amount of money raised.
ACT Policing would like to thank the Canberra Centre, Gungahlin Marketplace, Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Westfield Belconnen and Woden, Canberra Retail Outlet, Dickson, Manuka and Mawson shops as well as Bunnings Belconnen, Fyshwick and Tuggeranong for again accommodating the Men in Uniform stalls.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]