The Tumut star-weavers had a bittersweet lunch on Wednesday at Kat’s Whiskers – they were celebrating their achievement in creating 6000 hand woven stars for the Australia-wide art project, One Million Stars Against Violence, and meeting all together for the last time.
The Tumut iteration of the project was lead by Tumut Regional Family Services, with a range of groups and individuals contributing, and they took stock of their experience over the past seven months with tea and nibbles.
TRFS officer Catherine Buckle thanked everyone for participating in a touching farewell speech.
“It’s been a real privilege to be a part of this project, and to be able to sit around in a circle with all different kinds of people from all walks of life,” she said.
“This project began, of course, with Maryann Talia Pau down in Melbourne, and it came out of something that was really sad: the rape and murder of Jill Meagher.
“I think we all experience that feeling when we see something on the news, or when something happens to us, or to our family. It can feel like there’s no hope, that there’s nothing we can do, and I think that this project really proves that feeling wrong. It’s been a real privilege to hear people’s stories, about violence and survival, throughout this time. It’s very inspiring.
“I think this has been a healing thing for people and that’s actually quite beautiful, that they can make something and contribute to a larger community project in answer to violence.
“So I hope that when you see the Commonwealth Games installation in 2018, when you see all of those stars, that you all feel really proud that you contributed, whether it was a huge or a small contribution I hope you feel that pride – and thank you.”
The stars will be displayed, along with over a million others from communities across Australia, at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year.
Anyone seeking support with Domestic and Family violence can ring Tumut Regional Family Services during business hours on 6947 4424 or the 24hr DV Line 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).