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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.