Due to the restrictions associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) in 2020, we could not walk against elder abuse so we asked people to talk against elder abuse instead.
The 2019 Walks Against Elder Abuse
In 2019, marchers in the Hobart walk were inspired by a beautiful song from the Sing For Your Life Choir, led by Jane Christie-Johnston. You can watch a video of the event on our Facebook page. The choir was joined by students from Kingston High School’s Z Club, who kept singing as they walked through the Elizabeth Street Mall and on to Mathers Place.
COTA Tasmania CEO Sue Leitch spoke about the links between ageism and elder abuse, while the Deputy Lord Mayor of Hobart, Councillor Helen Burnett, outlined the Council’s commitment to positive ageing and described the great work done by our City of Hobart partner Mathers Place.
The Launceston walk was longer and stronger in 2019, led by Mayor of Launceston Alderman Albert van Zetten, Member for Braddon Joan Rylah MP, West Tamar Mayor Christina Holmdahl and COTA Tasmania Board member Glenda Daly.
We were very pleased this year to welcome head prefects from Riverside High to the Launceston walk. At the reception hosted by our partners the City of Launceston after the walk, the students signed an anti-ageism pledge that has been promoted Australia-wide by the Every Age Counts campaign.
For many more photos of the 2019 Walks Against Elder Abuse, please visit our Facebook page.
If you would like to read a summary of the 2018 Walks Against Elder Abuse in Hobart and Launceston, just click here.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing elder abuse,
please call the Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline
on 1800 441 169.
COTA Tasmania supports Tasmania’s elder abuse prevention strategy.
Our activities associated with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in 2019 were supported by the Tasmanian Government, the City of Launceston, the City of Hobart and Mathers House. In 2021 they will also be supported by Burnie City Council.