Walks Against Elder Abuse

Walks Against Elder Abuse

Walks Against Elder Abuse
To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June each year, COTA Tasmania holds Walks Against Elder Abuse. Families, communities, workers and volunteers march to support older people and spread the word about the Elder Abuse Helpline – 1800 441 169. The photos below from the 2019 events show the positive spirit the walkers share.
In 2021, we’ll be walking in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart.
To register these important but easy walks, contact lynm@cotatas.org.au or ring 03 6231 3265. Each walk ends with a free morning tea from our wonderful Council partners. More information about this year’s walks and other 2021 WEAAD activities is available here.
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.
Sing For Your Life Choir at the 2019 Hobart walk

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.

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 here.
Minister Jaensch launching Tasmania’s revised elder abuse strategy
In 2019, 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 in 2019 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.

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

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.