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‘Why We Run’: St Teresa’s Catholic College’s Award-Winning DFV Program

We’re thrilled to congratulate St Teresa’s Catholic College, Noosaville, for winning the Archdiocese of Brisbane’s prestigious Spirit of Catholic Education Award 2024. This incredible achievement recognises the school’s groundbreaking “Why We Run” program, which inspires students and staff to stand up against domestic and family violence. The St Teresa’s students and community have raised over $59,000 for Challenge DV’s Darkness to Daylight challenge since first participating in 2016.

The dedicated team at St Teresa’s, led by Business Manager Mark Roberton, has created a program that educates students on respectful relationships and the importance of recognising unhealthy ones. This initiative empowers students to take their discussions out of the classroom and into the community. By participating in Darkness to Daylight, the students can demonstrate their advocacy in a team event that unites them and the wider community through a shared purpose: ending domestic and family violence.

Challenge DV CEO, Keith Tracey-Patte, shared his pride in the program and its impact: "I’m so pleased and proud of the amazing program St Teresa’s has built and the team’s dedication to taking students on this challenging but important journey. This is how we need to tackle the issue of domestic and family violence prevention—by connecting with kids through their safe schooling environment, and teaching them the facts about respectful relationships and DV in a way that cuts through. Connecting this education with a social event such as Darkness to Daylight is a powerful way to close the loop on these discussions."

Special mention to the entire team at St Teresa’s; in particular, Mark Roberton, who’s vision brought the program to life, as well as Secretary Meegan Keating, and Teachers Ronel ScheepersBelinda Byrne, and Elizabeth Robertson. Their dedication to motivating the next generation to make change in their communities is nothing short of inspirational.

In 2023, the remarkable story of the St Teresa’s program was captured in a documentary entitled "Why We Run". Directed by Dr Cameron Cliff, the film follows the story of 16 teenagers, beautifully capturing their journey and achievements as they learn about domestic and family violence, and attempt to run 1000km in one night in support of those who have experienced it. The documentary highlights the profound effect of their program, bringing to life the stories of those involved and the meaningful change they are driving in their community. Watch the trailer here.

This partnership with St Teresa’s is a great example of what we can achieve together. Challenge DV welcomes other schools and community groups to get involved and invest in this critical work, ensuring our kids are armed with the tools they need to be safe and keep others safe.

Contact Challenge DV to discuss how we can work together:
Phone: 07 2113 3061


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