Opening their eyes

by Anonymous Author

Around 300 people turned up to hear Lesley Elliot from the Sophie Elliot Foundation talk about domestic violence at the Selwyn Lions Club’s centennial evening in Lincoln recently.

Mrs Elliot set up the foundation in recognition of her 22-year-old daughter who was brutally murdered in 2008 by her ex-boyfriend.

The centennial evening event, ‘Open Our Eyes’, was put on by the Selwyn Lions Club as part of Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebrations in 2017.

Selwyn Lions Club president Alison Benefield said the aim of the centennial evening was to open the eyes of the community to domestic abuse and relationship violence.

“It was very pleasing to have a large number of young people present and many of these people had the opportunity to talk one to one with the guest speakers,” she said.

As well as Lesley Elliot and Bill O’Brien from the Sophie Elliot Foundation the crowd also heard from Selwyn MP Amy Adams, who is the Minister for Justice, on the community’s responsibilities to combat crime, and Tracy Henderson who is the South Island Lions club’s women and families coordinator.