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Say Cheese! Cheese for Change Picnic in Glebe Park

Cheddar, Brie, Gouda and Feta. If you can name a cheese you can be assured it was served at the Cheese for Change picnic on Sunday the 14th of April in Glebe Park, Canberra.

Image by Katie Golding

It was a beautiful sunny day as many local Canberran’s dressed in white, munched on cheese platters, cheese-themed deserts, sipped on sparkling wine and enjoyed each others company whilst knowing they were supporting a good cause.

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FACT- on average one woman a week is killed by her current or previous partner. NOT GOOD ENOUGH! In this day and age this statistic is unacceptable, UNACCEPTABLE. To the sponsors of the event, thank you. To the amazing Canberra businesses that donated the produce for this amazing grazing table, Thank you. And to my beautiful @paulasmith121, thank you for helping me create this beautiful table for such a worthy cause. #whiteribbonaustralia #stoptheviolence #cheeseforchange @originbake2606 @ainslieiga @pialligoestate_smokehouse

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The picnic was run by Fox Meets Bear Events to fundraise for White Ribbon Australia, a foundation dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence against women through promoting gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The message of the event was simple, cheese creates conversation. With statistics indicating that one in six women experience physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner, having conversations about changing community attitude and behaviours is crucial.

Two words, which perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the event, are sophistication and harmony. Families, young adults and friends all sat down on beautifully assembled picnic areas, whilst children enjoyed playing with a giant size game of connect four, wooden quoits and croquet.

The choice of location, live music and tasty treats ticked all the right boxes of what a fundraising event like this should be; family friendly yet classy.

Participants who attended the event said it was extremely well organised, stylish and overall they had a great time. Rather than simply putting money in a donation bucket and calling it a day, the event was a great way to bring people together and create awareness.

Participants enjoyed cheese themed deserts Image by Katie Golding

All around Australia, the Cheese for Change fundraising campaign has been a huge success raising over $94, 279 in funds for the White Ribbon Association.  The fundraising will go towards prevention programs such as “Breaking the Silence” and for a free, respectful relationships school program, which aims to change attitudes and behaviours that lead to disrespect, and ultimately violence and abuse.

The event left me personally full of cheddar cheese, chocolate cheesecake and a growing desire to raise more awareness about domestic violence and the White Ribbon Association. After personally attending this event, I would have no hesitation recommending it to anyone in the future.

If you are looking to host your own cheese for change event, the fundraising campaign will be back next year in 2020 from 27-30 March. Click on Cheese for Change to find out more information.

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