Dinner with a Difference combats bullying

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Rise: Dinner with a Difference - growing solutions, enabling change. Image / Supplied
Rise: Dinner with a Difference - growing solutions, enabling change. Image / Supplied

Two organisations have teamed together to combat bullying.

Banishing Bullying Together (BBT), in association with Phoenix Performing Arts, dedicated an evening this week to creating change and finding solutions to bullying.

Dinner with a Difference was described as an opportunity to create a safe space for West Auckland families to come together and make positive changes in their communities.

Harnessing performing arts, the collaborative project aims to reduce bullying during childhood and highlight the importance of empowering by-standers to take safe and effective action.

During the course of the dinner individual speakers Veronica Ng Lam (AuSM Student President), Jody Jackson-Becerra (Pacific Recruitment Adviser/Waikato University) and Kiri Dicker (ThinkOutLoud Charitable Organisation) were invited to share their personal stories of violence.

Dicker shared that “up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime – prevention is better than a cure”. She also highlighted that “we need to start these conversations with our young people, learn to speak their language and be good role models”.

The Phoenix Performing Arts group also entertained guests with a rendition of Stan Walker’s hit song Aotearoa.

New Zealand actor Nathaniel Lees also attended the dinner. “We need to help our kids become critical thinkers, this will set a better platform for our next generation to know what is right from wrong,” he said.

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