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Let the stars light the way for baton

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January 08, 2018

Barry McDougal, secretary of Echuca Moama Star Weavers Association, hopes to cover Echuca's water tower with stars for the 2018 Queen's Baton Relay in February.

ECHUCA’S streets will glow with woven stars during the Queen’s Baton Relay in a powerful statement against violence.

High Street’s light poles, shops and residences will be decorated in the woven creations as part of One Million Stars to End Violence, a project encouraging communities to weave stars as symbols of light, hope, courage and solidarity.

Local co-ordinator Barry McDougal also has the ambitious goal to cover Echuca’s water tower in stars.

But he needs help.

‘‘We have until the end of the month to create as many stars as possible. And we’ll need hundreds to cover the water tower,’’ Barry said.

‘‘They are so easy to create but carry such a strong message.’’

With a million stars already set to light up Brisbane’s city centre during the Commonwealth Games in April, Barry said the Queen’s Baton Relay on February 15 was the prime opportunity to bring the project’s vital message to the streets of Echuca.

‘‘It’ll be fantastic for us to make this statement as a town,’’ he said.

‘‘So many people will take to the streets for the relay, it’s an excellent opportunity to spark conversation and get people thinking about ending violence. And hopefully that will lead to real action and change.’’

As for those unsure they have the knack for weaving, Barry encourages them to give it a go.

‘‘Once you know the routine, it’s very simple. Plus you’re using your time to make a real difference,’’ he said.

For star-weaving materials and instructions, drop into Echuca Library.

For more information, call Barry on 0435 134 264.

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