We’ve all seen the footage of violence erupting in the city on a Saturday night, or the increasing violence in public places such as train stations. The police are trying to contain and defuse it, hospitals are treating it and the families and friends of victims are trying to come to terms with it.
But is there anything we can do to make the community we live in safer? It takes everyone to say ‘this is not cool and it is not acceptable’. A simple act of signing a petition, of standing up to be counted can build a grass roots movement that has the potential to change where society is heading.
News.com.au has launched a new campaign called Real Heroes Walk Away. It has the backing of heavy weight and well respected public, celebrity and sporting figures like AFL legend Paul Roos, and TV host Andrew O’Keefe. It also gives a voice to many people who deal with this issue in the daily course of their working lives; like police, and medical staff who respond to crime scenes and the 000 calls that come as a result of the violence.
It is as easy as saying ‘enough is enough’ and signing the petition here. It can be done before you finish your cup of coffee, or the kids get home from school or you go to your next meeting at work.
SO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, GET INVOLVED
The News.com.au Real Heroes Walk Away campaign aims to end senseless acts of violence. Get involved through Facebook and have your say on Twitter at @newsdotcomHQ with the #heroeswalkaway hashtag.
Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.