Beaudesert star weaver shows passion for One Million Stars to End Violence

Librarian Ronnie Powell and Beaudesert resident Margaret Greer with just some of the stars helping to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Librarian Ronnie Powell and Beaudesert resident Margaret Greer with just some of the stars helping to raise awareness of domestic violence.

A BEAUDESERT local has created more than 600 stars in support of a project that aimes to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Margaret Greer was among several Scenic Rim residents and Beaudesert Library staff who joined the One Million Stars to End Violence project five months ago.

About 1200 stars out of ribbon were weaved during a weekly workshop for the global initiative, which will be used in an installation at the 2018 Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Ms Greer said she was committed to making as many stars as she could for the project.

“I’m very passionate about the cause and I wanted to do something to help bring awareness of the issue to the community,” she said.

“I also wanted to make a stand against domestic violence because it’s not right and people must not be treated that way.”

Ms Greer said she went almost every week to the library to weave hundreds of stars.

“Over the months, I started to see less people come to the workshops but I was determined to keep on going,” she said.

“If the project does something good or eases someone’s pain, then it was all worth it in the end.”

Mayor Greg Christensen said Beaudesert Library was a hub of activity with Scenic Rim locals and librarians weaving stars for the initiative.

"This has been much more than a community craft project,” he said.

“It has brought strangers together and provided a starting point for a conversation about an issue that affects many families.”

"For too long, domestic violence has been a taboo subject, but the star weaving activity has provided a forum for members of the community to raise the issue and say that violence is unacceptable."

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