Candlelight Vigil’s vital purpose

Above: Scarlet and Grace co-founders and directors (from left) Ryan Clancy, James Clancy, Kaitlyn Abrahall, and Gippsland Women's Health communications manager Sam Foat (far right). Photo: Stefan Bradley

Stefan Bradley

Gippsland Women’s Health (GHW) and Scarlet & Grace are collaborating to shine a light on violence against women in Gippsland.

Scarlet & Grace, a home fragrance and body care family-owned business based in Sale, have teamed up with GWH to produce a limited-edition Lotus Flower candle with 10% of proceeds from every sale going towards actions to stop violence against women in Gippsland.

The annual Candlelight Vigil on May 4 is a national day to bring people together to remember and honour the women and children who have died because of family and domestic violence.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their candle / purchase the limited edition GWH x Scarlet and Grace lotus flower candle.

Gippsland has some of the highest rates of family violence, intimate partner violence, rape and indecent assault in Victoria.

CEO of Gippsland Women’s Health Kate Graham said: “On average, one women a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia. More than 50% of our region including East Gippsland, Wellington, Latrobe and Bass Coast are four of the most dangerous locations in Victoria for women and girls to live. In several areas in Gippsland a woman is 26% more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than if she lived in other areas of Victoria”.

“We were shocked to learn that Gippsland had one of the highest rates of family violence, intimate partner violence, rape and indecent assault in the state”, said Scarlet & Grace co-director James Clancy.

“Clearly something needs to change, and I think as men it’s our responsibility to start calling this out and doing what we can to end this cycle of violence”.

“Our goal is twofold,” explained James’s brother and Scarlet & Grace co-director Ryan Clancy. “Firstly, we want to help raise badly needed funds to support the great work GWH does to create a safer community for women and families in the region who are experiencing domestic violence.”

“Just as crucially we want to shine a light on this issue and help raise the awareness of men in the region. We really believe men need to play a more active role in helping to put an end to this violence”.

Wellington Shire Council will “light up” The Wedge purple in recognition of the event and a local Candlelight Vigil, organised by Uniting, will take place on the lawn next The Wedge (Port of Sale) on Wednesday May 4, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The Vigil will take place inside The Wedge in the event of rain.

If you would like to help shine a light on violence you can purchase the GWH x Scarlet & Grace limited-edition candle at your local Scarlet & Grace stockist or via: https://scarletandgrace.com.au or visit www.gwhealth.asn.au/donate/ to make a donation.

Left: GWH x Scarlet and Grace Candlelight Vigil collaboration.

Photo: contributed

Gippsland Women’s Health Communications Manager Sam Foat (left) and Scarlet and Grace co-founder and director Ryan Clancy. Photo: Stefan Bradley