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A PAKENHAM auctioneer wore towering stiletto heels during an auction over the weekend to raise awareness for the upcoming Walk a Mile in Their Shoes march against domestic violence.
Harcourts auctioneer Jason Scott balanced in snug-fitting heels at a Pakenham auction on Saturday 27 August as another means of raising funds for White Ribbon’s Breaking the Silence program.
The company will be taking part in the Walk a Mile in Their Shoes high-heeled march on Friday 2 September in Melbourne which is aimed at creating generational change in attitudes toward violence.
Reported family violence incidents jumped 23 per cent in Cardinia shire between October 2014 and September 2015, compared with the previous 12-month period.
Over five years since 2010-11, the rate of violence reported to police in Cardinia shire has doubled.
Harcourts Pakenham team director Tain Bartholomew said the campaign was a different way of starting the difficult conversation about a sensitive issue such as domestic violence.
“It’s all about getting the message out to families,” he said.
“The boys will be there, all wearing the heels. It’s extremely difficult to find men’s sized high heels, so it’s pretty tight on our footsies!
“It’s pretty funny and pretty embarrassing at the time but this cause means so much to us.
“We’ve done this for the past four years and it’s great.
“You see blokes from all different walks of life – tradies, lawyers, cafe staff – and all ages too. There are gentlemen aged up to their 60s walking around in heels.
“It reminds you that this is an issue that can affect anybody.”
The company has already raised more than $47,000 and has a target of $100,000.
For more information, visit www.mycause.com.au/events/WalkAMileInTheirShoes.
Anyone experiencing family violence is urged to seek help by contacting the Cardinia Family Violence policing unit on 5945 2500.
A CRANBOURNE woman with little criminal history told a court she had a compulsion to steal clothes from outlets in Fountain Gate, Frankston, and Chadstone shopping centres.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing more than $500 worth of purses, skirts, jumpers and blouses from the shops on four occasions in May, July and August.
She also pleaded to attempting to thieve a drink from a fridge at a Cranbourne shopping centre outlet.
When arrested on warrant at Narre Warren railway station on 28 August, she was wearing a jumper, dress and bangles stolen a few days earlier from Bayside, Dandenong Magistrates’ Court was told.
At the time, the woman was on two corrections orders handed down in November and February for shoplifting. She had no criminal history prior to that.
The accused told the court “I think it’s an addiction to take things from a shop”.
Magistrate Julie O’Donnell said there must be a trigger for the criminal turn.
“It’s unusual for a 32-year-old woman coming before the court now – and not before – without some reason.”
Ms O’Donnell noted the state psychiatric service Forensicare would not be able to confirm a diagnosis of kleptomania.
A defence lawyer said the accused had no reason or trigger. She had no intention of on-selling the items, the lawyer said.
The accused was back living with an ex-partner from a violent relationship since last August but she had no income or phone number, the lawyer said.
She hadn’t seen her children, who were staying with their grandparents, for up to eight months.
“I don’t know how suitable the Cranbourne address is,” her lawyer said.
“Obviously she does not think it’s suitable enough for her children to live there.”
This contradicted a Department of Corrections report that stated the woman was “essentially homeless”, Ms O’Donnell noted.
Ms O’Donnell said she was reluctant to jail the woman without knowing more about her.
The magistrate deferred sentence for a CREDIT bail assessment on 2 September, with a corrections order further down the track.
ALKIRA Secondary College students and teachers commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on Monday 22 August.
They were joined by the president of the Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL John Wells and Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Education Team representative Ray Weston.
Some 108 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers faced 2500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops on 18 August, 1966.
Held in the college’s rose garden and run by senior VCAL students with the assistance of teachers Nicole Scott and Leanne Venables, the ceremony featured the reflective poem ‘The Forgotten Veteran’ written and recited by Year 10 student Jake Barnard.
Mr Wells expressed his enormous happiness that the student body was so involved with the ceremony.
“Marches, memorials, medals and music are all important but what matters most is meaning – ceremonies like this carry that forward,” he said.
The ceremony was mutually enriching, with the next generation recognising their shared history and representing the spirit of the present and past servicemen and women.
“Working with the veterans and organising the ceremonies is really rewarding,” said senior VCAL student Bronwyn Trimmings.
“I’ve enjoyed collaborating with and interviewing the veterans, they have had such eye-opening experiences and I have great pride in helping their legacy to live on.”
Teacher Nicole Scott said the ceremony was an important history lesson for the students.
“These ceremonies imprint on the students, ensuring that they remember and acknowledge the contributions of the Anzacs and all servicemen and women, assuring that they propagate the same values throughout their own lives.”
Alkira Secondary College and everyone in attendance was privileged to uphold the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia motto of ‘Honour the dead, but fight like hell for the living’.
A SPECIAL ceremony will take place on Sunday morning to unveil memorial stones in honour of Australian service personnel.
Pakenham RSL plans to erect seven stones beside the Pakenham cenotaph over two stages in recognition of those who have served or fought overseas since World War II.
The first three stones represent the Korea, Malaya and Indonesia (Far East Strategic Reserve), and Vietnam wars, while the remainder expect to be installed by late next year to honour those who served in peace keeping efforts in Somalia, East Timor and Iran, and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The line of stones will serve as a commemorative walk for service personnel, their families and the general public to pay their respects.
The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11.30am on Sunday 28 August at the Pakenham cenotaph, with guest speaker military historian Marcus Fielding and speeches from Australian war veterans from each of the three conflicts.
Lunch and refreshments will be served following the ceremony at the Pakenham RSL Hall, corner James Street and Snodgrass Street, Pakenham.