In the news: Zonta Club of Central Coast wraps trees in colorful art to bring awareness to gender-based violence

Many hands made light work at Terrigal on November 19 when 18 pine trees were festooned in colour.

The installation, organised by the Zonta Club of Central Coast, is part of Central Coast Says No to Domestic Violence month.

Zonta Club of Central Coast President, Christine Maclaren, said the vibrant, creative works show what can be done when community works together, and send a powerful message that we can all do something to end the cycle of domestic abuse.

“By creating respectful relationships in our families and workplaces, and refusing to excuse put downs or bullying, we can all build a better community,” she said.

The art installation, which comprises hundreds of brightly coloured squares, shapes and decorations, with each tree also bearing a powerful anti-violence message, will be in place until December 17 and has already generated interest and comment.

“We’ve had comments such as ‘stunningly beautiful installation’,” Maclaren said.

“It’s been attracting a lot of attention, particularly from men.

“Children are entranced, and adults are photographing the signs.”

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