Walks Against Elder Abuse

Walks Against Elder Abuse

Walks Against Elder Abuse
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) each year, COTA Tasmania organises Walks Against Elder Abuse to raise awareness among families, communities and everyone who works with older people. In our communications about the events, we explain the forms of elder abuse and what to do if you think someone you know might be experiencing abuse. Then we join participants in walks in Hobart and Launceston to promote respect for older people and spread the word that information and assistance is available through the Elder Abuse Helpline – 1800 441 169.
Sing For Your Life Choir at the 2019 Hobart walk

In 2019, participants in the Hobart walk were inspired by a beautiful rendition of Walk a Mile in My Shoes from the Sing For Your Life Choir, under choirmaster Jane Christie-Johnston. You can watch a video of this performance on our Facebook page. The choir was joined by students from Kingston High School’s Z Club, who continued to sing as participants walked through the Elizabeth Street Mall and on to Mathers Place.

Kingston High School students singing as they walk
Z Clubs are the student arm of Zonta International, which works to empower women and girls through support and advocacy. The Ogilvie and Kingston High Z Clubs have been valued participants in the Hobart walks for two years now, helping to raise awareness among younger generations. In 2019, the Ogilvie students presented an excellent video they had made to promote awareness among their peers. You can view the video on our Facebook page.
Minister Jaensch launching Tasmania’s revised elder abuse strategy
This year the Minister for Human Services, Roger Jaensch, took the opportunity of the Hobart walk to launch Respect and Protect Older Tasmanians: Tasmania’s Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy 2019-2022.
COTA Tasmania CEO Sue Leitch

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.

Tasmania Police’s Commander Brett Smith (pictured) joined this year’s Launceston walk, and Deputy Commissioner Ross Tilyard walked with us in Hobart

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.

Riverside High School head prefects Ella Griffin and Will Flemming sign Every Age Counts’ anti-ageing pledge after the Launceston walk

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.

And if you would like to read a summary of the 2018 Walks Against Elder Abuse in Hobart and Launceston, just click here.

Z Club students from Ogilvie High School, workers from Masonic Care Tasmania, COTA Tasmania staff member Soula Houndalas and COTA Tasmania volunteer Annette Horsler

In 2020, WEAAD is on Monday 15 June, and we are hoping to add Burnie to the towns where we will organise Walks Against Elder Abuse on that day. If you would like to be sent an email invitation to any of the 2020 walks, please just contact us at admin@cotatas.org.au or phone us on 6231 3265.

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 are supported by the Tasmanian Government, the City of Launceston, the City of Hobart and Mathers House.