Staff members from Southern Cross Catholic College at Scarborough have joined with fellow teachers from Catholic schools across Brisbane to support an annual run/walk to raise community awareness about domestic and family violence.
The four Southern Cross teachers participated in the Darkness to Daylight run along the foreshores of South Bank on 4th May.
All participants joined in a liturgy prior to the run and heard an inspiring address from 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty who spoke of her personal struggle with family violence, following the death of her son Luke.
110 children, women and men are killed in Australia every year from domestic and family violence
Participants in the Darkness to Daylight run can choose to participate in a 110 kilometre run, to remember each victim, which started a day earlier on 3rd May.
Southern Cross staff members Kevin O'Dwyer, Bradley Banney, Cathy Banney and Duncan Maitland were among 200 staff from Brisbane Catholic schools to participate in the event.
The Brisbane Catholic Education Office coordinates a number of events in May to mark Domestic Violence Prevention Month to not only raise broader community awareness, but also ensure that victims know where to access help and support.
Catholic schools have also been integrating material into their curriculum to deliver to students, information and skills to manage issues arising in the domestic and family violence context.
There has been a particularly strong emphasis on this message in the religious education curriculum, drawing upon Pope Francis' vision of a merciful church, committed to supporting families impacted by domestic violence.