22 Jun BSL DRIVES SUPPORT FOR DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE AWARENESS
In support of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL) launched a month-long domestic and family violence awareness raising campaign and participated in several events and activities within the community.
These included co-sponsoring the ‘Paddle for a Cause’ category in the Boyne Tannum Hookup alongside Queensland Alumina Limited and Rio Tinto Yarwun and hosting the ‘Males Champion of Change’ bystander training. On Sunday, 26 May BSL participated in the second annual Gladstone Industry Leadership Group Inter-Industry Volleyball Competition.
The activities culminated recently with BSL’s unique ‘Pole Position’ fundraiser held within the workplace. BSL team members were encouraged to support Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence (CCRDFV) while vying for a car park that others would envy—right outside the entrance gate. Entrants made a $5 donation to be in the draw, and a total of $1,270 funds raised were handed over to Ms Vicki Dredge, the coordinator for CCRDFV to assist with their work.
Joe Rea, general manager BSL explained that domestic violence affects us all. “The victims are not statistics in a report—they are our family members, friends and work colleagues. We need a good measure of humility and sensitivity in our approach because in many cases it is as difficult for the victims as it is for the perpetrators to come forward and seek help,” Mr Rea explained.
“As a large employer, BSL wants to lead by example and help promote awareness of domestic violence within our community. More importantly, we want people to feel that it’s ok to reach out for support. We are very proud of our team members for embracing the activities over the last month and for standing up with a unified voice of ‘Not Now Not Ever’,” he added.