I recognise Kirrily Dear, an ultramarathon runner who started the Run Against Violence initiative.
Through her activities, Kirrily starts discussions and raises awareness about domestic and family violence. Kirrily shared her important message to all the students at Tomaree High School, empowering them to take a stand and understand that each and every one of them has the power to make a difference.
She describes it as the "ripple effect", where every conversation can make a change that can make the world a better place.
Kirrily's latest documentarySteps Together was screened at the Nelson Bay Cinemas. The film is about her 1,300 kilometre run from Broken Hill to Sydney and the many meaningful conversations she had along the way in an effort to raise awareness and show support for silent sufferers of domestic violence, particularly in rural and regional New South Wales.
I thank Jo Banner, Jaci Richards and Angela Physick from the Tomaree Trotters for organising the weekend's activities. I thank also Kirrily Dear for sharing with us her infectiously positive attitude.