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Hundreds turn out for Blair Dalton Day

Peninsula takes stand against DV.

Hundreds turn out for Blair Dalton Day

Woy Woy Oval has been the site of an emotional and important gathering today, with hundreds turning out to remember Ettalong woman lost to a Domestic Violence incident.

The Blair Dalton Stop Domestic Violence Family Day was organised by the Woy Woy Roosters League Club, in the aftermath of Blair Dalton dying at the hands of her former partner Lance Pearce in late September. Mr Pearce died in custody soon after being charged with her murder.

Politicians, the Roosters, Mariners, Emergency Services, performers and White Ribbon ambassadors were among those joining locals in their show of support for Ms Dalton's Family.

Club President Dean Slattery says they're hoping to raise more than $20,000 to help Blair's young son through the next few years.

"Straight after Blair's unfortunate passing, our treasurer Jo Bovis came to us and said we need to do something to support the family. So we sat down as a group and decided to put on this day to see how much we could do to support them."

Mr Slattery echoed the sentiment Ms Dalton's death had impacted the whole Peninsula community, and that they were ready to face up to Domestic and Family Violence as a community.

"It hit us hard: Blair's father Buggsy is a long-term member of our club, and we all felt it immensely and we felt this was the best way we could honor her memory."

"We're also trying to raise awareness that Domestic Violence - any form, against a man or a woman - isn't OK."

Today's event in Woy Woy was complimented by White Ribbon Community Walks in the Entrance and Terrigal on Friday and today respectively. 

Ms Dalton's passing followed 684 DV incidents taking place in the Brisbane Water area in the 12 months to June. There were a further 989 in the Tuggerah Lakes area over this timeframe, according to BOCSAR.

While NewsCorp reported earlier this year 178 sex and indecent assaults occurred in the Umina Beach area between 2011 and March.

 

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