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MPREC Contributes 10,000 Stars to End Violence

5 April, 2017

One Million Stars is a community-based project based on Martin Luther King’s call to be the light and love in the world. This world-wide weaving initiative sees groups weaving stars using traditional weaving techniques, to display in an art installation as part of the cultural program of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

MPREC, with the help of their jobseekers and communities in Murrin Bridge, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Goodooga and Wilcannia, aim to contribute 10,000 stars to the installation.
Murrin Bridge is already leading the race, with hundreds of stars produced so far.

“Our star weavers are excited to see their work featured as part of the Commonwealth Games’ cultural program” said MPREC’s acting CEO, Rene Wykes, “They really enjoy the relaxing and productive act of weaving, the creativity of selecting and weaving different colours and the thought of producing each symbol of peace.”
“After hearing Maryann’s story, our jobseekers have all shown great enthusiasm toward the work.”

The One Million Stars initiative was created in 2012 by Maryann Talia Pau, based in Brisbane, as a personal response to the rape and murder of a young woman in her community.
The aim is to create symbols of light and hope to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.

Proudly supported/funded by the Australian Government.

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