by Wendy Collins (George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals, Regents Park)

Regents Park’s George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals joined more than 600 supporters of the Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation last week. The foundation’s first fundraising event brought corporate sponsors and supporters together to show their support for the Clarke family.

In February 2020, Lloyd, Sue and Nat Clarkes lives changed suddenly. Their beautiful daughter and sister, Hannah Clarke and her three children, lost their lives as victims of serious domestic violence.

Despite the pain of losing Hannah, Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey, Hannahs parents and her brother determined that Hannahs murder was a line in the sand” moment. They started a movement for change by founding the Small Steps 4 Hannah Foundation to put a HALT – H (Hannah), A (Aaliyah), L (Laianah) and T (Trey) to the incidences and severity of domestic and family violence in Australia.

Some big names attended the fundraiser including the Queensland Premier, the Police Commissioner, Lady Mayoress of Brisbane Nina Schrinner, local MPs, footy legend Petero Civoniceva, radio personalities Robin Bailey and Abbey Burdon, paralympic swimming champion Karni Liddell plus well-loved author Francis Whiting.  

George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals team hosted a table at the event and invited Park Ridge News editor Paul Jackson as our guest.

“The event was powerful in highlighting the need for each of us to be well connected with one another in communities where we can reach out for help when it’s needed”, Paul said.

Small Steps 4 Hannah aim’s to educate the community about domestic and family violence, but also to foster positive behavioural change and healthy relationships. Through Small Steps 4 Hannah it is the hope of the Clarke family to harness the collective desire of us all to make positive changes required to HALT domestic and family violence and take the steps required to do it – small steps that will eventually be giant leaps forward.

The Foundations members are passionate about supporting those in our community who are living with domestic and family violence to put a HALT to their pain and end the cycle of destructive behaviour.  

Renewed hope and positive action are emerging thanks to strong community support. 

If you, or someone you know, needs help dealing with domestic violence or abuse, please contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Wendy Collins is a funeral director with George Hartnett Metropolitan Funerals at Village Fair, Regents Park, and also Holland Park, proudly serving the Logan West and South Brisbane districts.

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