AN estimated 1000 people took part in yesterday’s Rally of Respect at New Norfolk. As well as being a great display of community attitudes to the problem of bullying, the event also generated significant media interest.
Among the many marchers was Premier Lara Giddings, who commended the organisers and participants for taking a stand against bullying. Ms Giddings joined a mass of students, Education Minister Nick McKim, two mayors, state politicians councillors and community members in marching against bullying and discrimination.
“This fantastic initiative is made all the more powerful by the fact it has been organised by local students, who are the leaders of tomorrow,” Ms Giddings said. “It’s great to see young people from all over the Derwent Valley standing up to say loud and clear that bullying and discrimination should not be tolerated. This is a great example that the rest of the community should follow,” she said.
A 25-minute video of the rally has been posted online by the DerwentValley Youth Future Action Team and it can be seen by clicking here.