The St Helena Safeguarding Directorate will launch World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) events for one week from Monday 12 June to Friday 16 June 2017.
The United Nations (UN) describes elder abuse as a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older people around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The colour purple is a symbol of hope representing a society that promotes treating all the elderly with dignity and respect.
The catchphrase driving our objectives on St Helena for the week simply stated is ‘RESPECTED ALWAYS’. The aim of our campaign is to raise awareness of elder abuse but more importantly to focus on protecting the rights of all older persons.
Events for the week 12 – 16 June
School Assemblies – 9am
St Paul’s Primary School – Tuesday, 6 June
Pilling Primary School – Wednesday, 7 June
Harford Primary School – Friday, 9 June
Prince Andrew School – Wednesday, 14 June
Older Persons Tea Parties – 11am
Sandy Bay Community Centre – Monday, 12 June
Harford Community Centre – Tuesday, 13 June
Half Tree Hollow Community Centre – Wednesday, 14 June
Jamestown Community Centre – Friday, 16 June
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (Main Event) – 3pm-6pm
Community Care Centre (CCC) – Thursday, 15 June
WEAAD ribbons will be available in SHG departments and shops. We are humbly asking the public to wear purple clothing or the purple WEAAD ribbon on Thursday, 15 June. Donations will be in aid of programmes for the elderly on the Island, organised through the Age Task Force group.
Join together with us to celebrate our elderly and show your support for the right of all older people to live with dignity and respect.
Building Strong Support for Elders
#StHelena #WEAAD #StopElderAbuse #RespectedAlways
6 June 2017