Residents would have noticed a splash of colour around Lake Macquarie at the moment.
But, behind the vibrant façade, is a strong message the Zonta Club of Hunter Newcastle hopes will attract plenty of attention.
Members recently set up a very interesting yarn bombing display at the Rotunda, in Warners Bay, to acknowledge 16 Days of Activism from 25 November to 10 December.
It also ties in with the organisation’s biggest annual advocacy campaign Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women.
Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser was on hand to officially kick-start the initiative, which included a “Spirit of the Lagoon” dance from Belmont High School students and several guest speakers.
“Council and Zonta worked closely for several months to achieve the striking tree wrapping,” she said.
“However, it’s all about gaining the community’s attention to the plight of domestic violence (DV).
“It is powerful yet sad to need to have such an event.”
Zonta vice-president Jill Maclachlan admitted the exhibit had already drawn much interest throughout the community.
“This is a first for the club,” she said.
“Members have been knitting and crocheting strips of yarn for some time.
“The exhibition’s a wonderful way to expose the tragic topic of domestic violence to locals and visitors alike.
“Many trees are decorated with orange flowers or hearts.
“Mainly because that colour symbolises a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls.
“If only it were that easy.
“The display also creates great visibility for our club in the region as well as promoting the work of Zonta.
“We have a mask exhibit at the Belmont and Charlestown libraries, too, for the 16 Days of Activism.
“They represent the range of emotions women experience during DV.”
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