Oamaru taking a major stand against bullying

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More than 40 people took time out of their holiday weekend to march the streets in a stand against bullying yesterday.

The Anti-bullying March, organised by Fale Pasifika O Aoraki’s Oamaru branch, took marchers from KFC, Thames St, to an event at the Oamaru Public Gardens.

The event at the gardens included several performances, fun and games for the children and ended in a lunch.

Fale Pasifika O Aoraki Oamaru project worker Beni Latavao said the march was a great success, with many people in the community attending.

“I was happy with the turnout.”

Mr Latavao said he was pleased to have the support of Waitaki District mayor Gary Kircher and groups like Safer Waitaki, Safer Trust, the Police and the Waitaki Multicultural Council, who all had representatives come along.

It was the first organised march they had held and they hoped to hold more events like this in the future.

The message against bullying was one aspect to the day but it had also been an important opportunity to bring the community together, he said.

“We wanted to make it a family day.”

Fale Pasifika O Aoraki manager Ofa Boyle, who is based in Timaru, said it was great to have so many people involved in the event, especially families.

“I think it was good to see the kids.

“That’s what it’s all about.

“We’ll be looking forward to having more of these community things that involve everybody.”

There were many volunteers, which included a lot of younger people, who helped organise the event and made it such a success, she said.

“It’s our young ones that do the hard work.”

Most participants in the march wore pink as part of the theme ‘Pink Oamaru’ to show they were against bullying in the community.

Fale Pasifika O Aoraki is a Pasifika social service provider based in Timaru. An Oamaru branch was set up earlier this year.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

STANDING TALL: More than 40 Oamaru residents marched the streets yesterday in a stand against bullying organised by Fale Pasifika O Aoraki’s Oamaru Branch.