RUN (OR WALK) AGAINST VIOLENCE
Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for the thousands of Run Against Violence participants who are out there running and walking to raise money to help Love Bites reach every young person in every community!
Visit the Run Against Violence website to:
Thanks so much to Run Against Violence for this wonderful partnership!
And what’s more, this year’s T-shirt was created by a NAPCAN Youth Speak Out (NYSO) member, the talented Jorja Cohen, who is an indigenous artist of the Aniwanand Gumbaynggirr nation.
Jorja has always had a passion for art, specialising in portrait and landscape painting. Here’s Jorja’s take on the RAV theme this year – seeing the unseen:
“My depiction and view of this topic is shown through the male and female figures at the bottom of the artwork. They are placed facing away from each other. They can’t see each other’s expression or form; they are unseen by each other. Unseen by their community, by their families which are right above their heads. All can’t see each other. They are shown melancholic, hurt. But as their story goes on they start to branch off to their own community, their own family. On the sides of the artwork, you can see tracks branching off as they continue their stories. The dots represent the people they meet on the way, their personal struggles, and their journey to be seen. Each side of the artwork represents how similar their story is but how it branches off to their own individuality. One of the more symbolic pieces, are the two circles that are hovering above the male and female figures. The first circle represents an eye that overlooks the pair, all are out of eyesight of each other. The eye represents the pair’s family, friends, and community. The male and female figures are just out of sight and out of mind, no one knows their struggles. From an outside perspective, people only see the figures facing away from each other. The secondary circle represents their path and moving forward to better support themselves.”