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Candle Lighting Vigil to continue online

The traditional domestic violence candle-lighting ceremony will be a virtual affair this year to honour the memory of victims.

The traditional domestic violence candle-lighting ceremony will be a virtual affair this year to honour the memory of victims.

Every year during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month a Candle Lighting Vigil is held.

Lyne Booth, Service Director of Edon Place, says the vigil will continue this year, albeit with a difference.

“Edon Place Domestic and Family Violence Centre together with our partners at the Bundaberg Vulnerable Persons Unit, Queensland Police Service, conduct a Candle Lighting Ceremony each year in memory of those who have lost their lives due to domestic and/or family violence,” Lyne said.

“Edon Place and QPS would normally conduct the event out the front of the QPS Bundaberg station where around 60 people would gather, which includes survivors of domestic and family violence and community members.

“The virtual Candle Lighting Vigil/Ceremony being held this year has come about because all DFV services throughout Queensland see the importance of showing respect to those who have lost their life and for us to continue to raise awareness within our community.

Virtual Candle Lighting on 6 May

“Edon Place is encouraging the community to attend the Virtual Candle Lighting Vigil/Ceremony taking place on social media at 6pm on Wednesday, 6 May 2020.”

Edon Place is encouraging people to submit a photo of themselves or their family holding a lit candle, or simply a lit candle, as a show of support for those impacted by domestic and family violence.

The National Day to Remember Candle Lighting Vigil 2020 will be livestreamed via Facebook.

It will last a few minutes, starting with a candle lighting while music is played and then a minute’s silence for those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence.

“As well as watching the live streamed ceremony, we hope as many people as possible take a photo of their candle and post it to their own social media channels with the hashtags #EndDV #LightACandle2020,” Lyne said.

“We think it will be a powerful message that hopefully will spread around the world.”

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