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Tell us why you are participating in Darkness to Daylight. Your message will be pinned to our virtual tribute wall.

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Watch our video and learn the true value of Darkness to Daylight to a survivor of domestic and family violence.

Tribute Wall

MiIchelle

Too my two beautiful friends who have lived through Domestic Violence relationships, I do this for you! You are seen, heard and held. Love you both so much xx

Deborah Parker

In memory of my 'Auntie Rosie'. Your smile, your affection, they way you looked after me on the weekends or overnights when I stayed, to me you were my second Mum. I will always keep you in my life! This challenge has not only challenged me with my fitness, but challenged me emotionally to stop saying nothing and to SPEAK.

Jane

I support ACEOC for four very close friends - beautiful strong, loved women, who have been, and still are, suffering from the lifelong effects of domestic violence. No one deserves violence and abuse - physical, emotional, or financial. I stand with them, and I am walking throughout October for all the other women, children and men who have experienced violence. We can make a difference. We want a world with zero violence. #challengezero #d2d

Catherine Walsh

I completely believe that together we can eliminate domestic and family violence. However I do not underestimate the challenge....but one step at a time....one more person who now lives without violence; one more perpetrator who has to face responsibility for their actions; one more child who is taught what a mutual, respectful relationship looks like. These one mores will add up and we will see change.

KT

ONE woman a week is murdered in Australia by her current or former partner and 1 in 3 women have experienced physical and /or sexual violence since the age of 15. This is not okay. We need to empower and educate; we need resources for women to be able to say "I'm not staying in this situation" and have a way out. I am a survivor, I am one of the lucky ones. Now it's my turn to help others xxx

For the scared and confused girl I was a year ago who had no idea how to talk about what was happening behind closed doors and for how far removed that seems from where I am now.

Dave

Awesome cause to raise awareness that violence is not ok, and to show those subjected to it that there is an out and they are not alone.

Liezel

I want to support all those brave enough to leave an abusive relationship, and encourage those who suffer and are too scared to take the step to leave.

A

After leaving my husband due to abuse, i want my daughter to grow up knowing that behaviour is wrong and not love! You should never stay in that environment. I want her to be proud of me, she saved my life. The damage caused by the fear is something that never leaves you. But it gets easier to deal with when it is put in the spotlight.

Brett Annells

Supporting all the families impacted by Domestic violence. This is real and impacts all members of family, friends and community. Together we can support and provide a safe place for everyone. My whole family is part of my run/walk to show we are all here to support each other!

Ruth

2020 has been a tough year for all, but especially those whose home is not safe. We are with you...you are not alone ❤️

KB

Supporting a good cause and in memory of all those lost to DV and those that are unable to extract themselves yet from an unhealthy relationship at this point in their relationship. Also for those that have survived DV and gone on to be great, strong and powerful women.

Ralph

In memory of Dee. We all miss you.

x J x

As a teenager I was assaulted by my then boyfriend, and 25 years on the injuries I sustained still impact my day to day living. I’m not a victim, I’m a survivor. And I’m privileged to be here and be a part of something that has the power to enact change.

Kate Cash

I am blessed to live a life free from violence, in a healthy community with family and friends that support me. Running alongside so many others that want the same for everyone in our community is so simple, but so powerful. Together, even remotely, we can make a difference.

Jess Sammon

I'm participating in Darkness to Daylight for any friends and family members who have experienced domestic violence and felt that they couldn't tell anyone or seek help. Know that you're not alone. Know that if help is ever needed that I'm here for you with every step away from a bad situation to a better one. From darkness to daylight.

Sonja Robinson

So happy for your support, thank you! Let’s band together to make a differential across states and Australia DDV has no boundaries

Hollie Hughes

I am proud to be participating in this years Darkness to Daylight challenge as it is supporting a cause close to my heart and is extremely important!

For all the victims, no matter how they identify. There is no place for Domestic Violence in our communities. Everybody deserves their home to be their safe haven xxx

Sharon

We need to talk more openly about DFV, it shouldn't be a conversation that is spoken about behind closed doors when no one is listening or only after hearing on the news of another DFV death. I have had family and friends affected by this silent epidemic and it's no okay, everyone deserves to feel safe. So I walk/run in the month of October proudly to raise awareness and bring DFV out of the darkness and into the daylight!

Sadly everyone does have a story. I have many family members and friends who have been subjected to domestic and family violence and have been myself. We need to stand up and work together on this, to break this cycle. We need to show meaningful support and teach people better ways of being in the world.

Jo Withford

I am participating in Darkness to Daylight because every human being deserves to live in a world where they have the opportunity to thrive, be loved and respected and live free of violence.

Tiffany

It's an opportunity to walk in solidarity for awareness and change. I know a number of people directly and directly who have been impacted by domestic and family violence and we have an opportunity to stand with them and also send a message that it is not OK.

This is my way of showing my support to the families of victims of domestic violence.

Sal Maina

In previous years I have seen messages through work emails about domestic violence but never really paid attention. At the beginning of this year there was tragic news of one of our staff members who lost their lives through DV and that really hit me hard. Knowing that DV can affect someone close to you as some of you may say, 'it is not just numbers, these are people in our community'. Through this platform, I can gather courage to initiate discussion with my colleagues about DV without shame or fear. Even amongst friends, I would like to encourage conversations. DV comes in various degrees and sadly, it is the tragic ones that we get to know about. I just want to take part in support/solidarity of anyone going through any form of domestic and family violence.

Adrian Hanks

Because it feels like the right thing to do. Standing, running, speaking out.

Sue

I am joining ro remind myself to move forward, being abused doesn’t have to be a life sentence. I take strength from being better than what I experienced, I take strength from being part of a team that strives to educate, support and stop domestic and family violence.

Victoria Herrmann

My tribute is to the beautiful Baxter family and the incredible Hannah Baxter.

David Murrin

Joining in D2D both virtually and as part of a team means two things to me. It reminds me that it is only TOGETHER that we will effectively create a world where violence becomes never an answer - as a team! Virtually undertaking the challenge means there is so much more ground and places that become sacred due to every single person's efforts.

D

As a male victim and survivor of domestic and family violence (DFV), knowing many male victims (including my two sons) who are not supported by appropriate services for male victims, often prevented from speaking out about it or believed, it is important that DFV is recognised as a problem only of itself, for any person, regardless of gender. #ENDALLDV.

George Theo

No-one should have to live with domestic and family violence, we must all come together to put a STOP to this practice by providing ongoing education and support.

Em

1 year ago I left an abusive relationship of 14 years. I am joining Darkness to Daylight event with the hope that I can help contribute to the fight against domestic abuse. I am walking for myself, my daughter, my son and every other victim of abuse.

Samantha

I am joining the challenge to be part of the change. . We can stop the pattern by supporting our community.

Annie

In 2002, unfortunately I lost my cousin to domestic violence at the hands of her ex-husband, so the prevention of domestic violence is very important to me. Unfortunately her story is replicated far too often. With your support we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by Domestic and Family Violence, and help end the cycle of violence. So in Petrina’s memory, I have decided to join Queensland Rail’s team in this year’s Darkness to Daylight Challenge Event

Laura Edwards

I am accepting this challenge for Hannah Clarke and her 3 beautiful children, although I didn't know them personally from what I see Hannah was an amazing mother and so fit.

Danika

I love that we can all come together as a community to raise awareness that domestic and family violence has to end and that we can help support those affected in anyway we can. This year more than ever is important due to people being forced to stay home. I am running for my son and daughter so they can hopefully live in a future where it doesn’t exists.

Fran

I am joining in the Darkness to Daylight event with the hope that in a small way I can tribute to helping in the fight against domestic abuse. I found the event last year was very inspiring and I am sure that the funds raised by all the competitors will have been much appreciated to aid this very worthwhile cause.

Donna Harvey

Everyone has the right to feel safe and supported. D2D is an opportunity to raise further awareness about DFV, to help strengthen support in the community and workplace, and to build a culture of respect and gender equity for men, women and children alike.

Jacque

Darkness to Daylight is an opportunity for me to participate and take action to raise awareness about Domestic and Family Violence. I want my grandchildren to grow up in a world free from violence.

Hollie

I want my 2 young boys to live in a world where DFV is no longer an issue. Coming together as a community to raise awareness that DFV has to end, that we care, and that we are here to support those affected is so important. I am running for my boys and their future.

Gia

This is an amazing event to be part of !

Claire

I've joined the Darkness to Daylight Challenge because it's a great way of bringing out into the open the issue of domestic and family violence. Its a community problem and by the community being involved in promoting awareness and making it more open conversations, it just helps people build their understanding and recognition of it and work towards solutions

Nicole

I am a woman, a mother and stepmother, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I am also a survivor. Sharing our stories and experiences with DFV is an important way to reduce stigma and raise awareness of this prevalent issue. Together we can all contribute to zero incidences of DFV.

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