Founded by the Sunrise Rotary Club, the annual Mackay Mayor’s Charity Ball has been giving back to the community for the past 15 years.In that time, the event has been able to raise more than $500,000 for a variety of local charities.WorkPac Mackay’s Business Centre Manager, Darian Lawson, is looking forward to taking part in this year’s event.“The Mayor’s Charity Ball is a fantastic locally run event, with all funds going directly towards those in our community that need it the most”“This year is focused on helping to support children in the Mackay region who are affected by Family and Domestic Violence by raising funds to provide an extra counsellor at the local Domestic Violence Resources Service”“This is an important service that will be able to provide support to the children in our community that really need it”“This is the first year that WorkPac Mackay have had the honour of sponsoring the event, and we look forward to continuing our support in the future”The Domestic Violence Resources Service currently work with about 150 children a year but estimate that there are hundreds more in the region that need this counselling and support.WorkPac Mackay are also looking forward to sponsoring several events happening later this year.“I’m so proud to be part of such a fantastic community of people who are always putting on great local events to raise money”“We’re looking forward to continuing our sponsorship's of the Whitsunday Voices Literary Dinner, the Nude Lunch for Ovarian Cancer, and the Mackay Engineering College Try a Trade program”.The Mayor’s Charity Ball will be held on the 25th of May at the Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre.Tickets can be purchased here and are $185 with entertainment and a three course dinner and drinks on offer.To learn more about the event, check out this Facebook video with Mayor Greg Williamson and Domestic Violence Resource Service practice manager Linda-Ann Northey.
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WorkPac has proudly partnered with the NRL Voice Against Violence initiative to assist the community to ‘stand up’, ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.A series of face to face education workshops will be delivered by NRL Ambassadors to 16-18 year olds in grassroots clubs across Australia. WorkPac Group, Rio Tinto and Goodline have partnered up with the NRL, along with the North Queensland Cowboys, to deliver these workshops in the Western Cape community from June 8- 12 2018.Resources to get help are available at the end of this article.There are many things in life that are quite simply wrong, things that you can’t make an excuse for or even try to justify – domestic and family violence is one of those things. Domestic and family violence is a complex and deeply entrenched problem that we have here in Australia with;One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to themOne in four children exposed to domestic violenceOne in five women experience harassment within the workplaceOver 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner WHAT IS THE NRL VOICE AGAINST VIOLENCE INITIATIVE?The NRL Voice Against Violence initiative aims to assist the rugby league community to ‘stand up’, ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.STAND UP – To acknowledge that gender-based violence is an issue in Australia and in our local community.SPEAK OUT – To raise awareness and highlight the realities of the current domestic violence situation in Australia.TAKE ACTION – Most of us are not violent but we all have a role to play in the prevention of violence against women and children.GETTING HELPThe NRL partners with three national domestic violence services who can provide you with the help you need.White Ribbon Australia: White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. Find out more at http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/Our Watch: Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children. Find out more at http://www.ourwatch.org.au/Full Stop Foundation: The purpose of the Full Stop Foundation is to support and resource the work of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia. The Full Stop Foundation works to expand trauma counselling services for those who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence, and to change the attitudes and behaviours that allow violence against women and children to occur. Find out more at http://fullstopfoundation.org.au/ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINESAn extensive list of counselling and support can be found on White Ribbon Australia’s Website. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please click here.WorkPac employees are also encouraged to use our Employee Assistance Program through Gryphon Psychology. Phone: 1800 056 076 or gryphonpsychology.comPlease remember if you, a child or another person is in immediate danger, call 000