Wagga helps make One Million Stars to End Violence

Ad astra: Former Wagga woman Maryanne Talia Pau shared her One Million Stars to End Violence project with city resident Katelyn Staker and more than 20 others. Picture: Les Smith

Ad astra: Former Wagga woman Maryanne Talia Pau shared her One Million Stars to End Violence project with city resident Katelyn Staker and more than 20 others. Picture: Les Smith

One former Wagga resident shared her luminous venture to end domestic violence with the city this week. 

On a mission to make one-million ribbon stars, Maryann Talia Pau made star-weavers of more than 20 residents in Ashmont on Tuesday afternoon. 

Ms Talia Pau said Martin Luther King Junior quote fed her inspiration to help address the epidemic of domestic violence across the country. 

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jnr

She said working with “people other trying who were to help” gave her healing and happiness. 

“The number is never important,” Ms Talia Pau said.

“It’s getting to weave with people from all walks of life and reminding communities that there’s always more to be done in the fight against violence.”

Wagga Anglicare worker and participant Belinda Landsdell said there was a feeling of togetherness that came from star making. 

“It’s relaxing,” Ms Lansdell said. “There’s a focus on making stars and being a part of something bigger than us.”

One star weaver, Ashley Little said it was about putting community differences aside and coming together in solidarity.

“It’s not just something to look at,” Ms Little said. “Anyone can do this and send a message.”

One million stars will be on display at Melbourne Museum after July 31. 

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