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White Ribbon fundraiser to spread awareness

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Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis has worked as a journalist at the North Central Review since 2022, with a particular focus on the City of Whittlesea and stories for the Whittlesea Review. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Communications majoring in journalism and focuses on politics, community, and health with the occasional niche sports story finding its way in front of her.

By Pam Kiriakidis

FREE Born Clothing and Briah Mae Hair and Body are lost for words over the community response their decision to host a White Ribbon charity event at Hogan’s Hotel, Wallan, on November 11.

Over 40 businesses across the Mitchell Shire have donated prizes and items to a pool worth more than $7000 for the fundraiser evening.

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Briah Mae Hair owner Sheree Moore said businesses were still reaching out to donate prizes, including vouchers, hampers and T-shirts before the big night.

“We didn’t expect to get that many businesses so quickly, but everyone’s been really great, really supportive, and have donated,” Ms Moore said.

The raffle will be drawn during the fundraiser night, with attending participants set to be entertained by a fashion parade and door prizes on offer.

“We got T-shirts that have been made with a design that Rebecca created, so we’re selling them as well, with all the profits going to White Ribbon,” Ms Moore said.

“The first prize will start at the bottom, and then we’ll work out way up to the big-ticket items.”

Free Born Clothing Owner Rebecca Brown was overwhelmed when asked about the response from local businesses.

“We’ve done our reach out on social media, we’ve tried to share it as far and wide as possible, and there’s been a huge response,” she said.

She said the White Ribbon event was to spread awareness about domestic violence, with research showing that Mitchell Shire was one of the most concerning areas linked to the issue.

“This is something that I’ve had on my mind for quite a long time. Mitchell Shire had the highest rate of domestic violence in Victoria last year, and I just thought it’s a beautiful way to raise awareness,” she said.

Raffle tickets can be purchased in store at Free Born Clothing or Briah Mae Hair and Body, or online at

To book a general ticket visit

The event will begin at 7pm at Hogan’s Café and Bar Restaurant on 92 High Street, Wallan.

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