Driven by her personal experience with domestic and family violence, QSuper employee Te Iwi Walker ran as part of the 18-strong QSuper team participating in the Challenge to raise funds and awareness.
As a White Ribbon Ambassador, and an advocate in her community and workplace, Te Iwi acknowledges the difficulty for victims to know what help is available and says awareness and education programs are vital.
“For me, my own experience was when I was very young with a partner I had in my early twenties, and from witnessing the experiences of friends and family members. Today, with maturity and life experience, and now that I have my own family, I can look back and recognise and understand what I went through.
“I want to leverage my experience, openly speak about it and help people understand that violence, in any form, is a completely unacceptable element in our community.”
With all funds raised through the Challenge going towards the prevention of domestic violence through workplace and community partnerships and awareness raising activities, Te Iwi says she is enormously proud to work for an organisation that has taken such a bold and public stance against domestic and family violence.
“I am so proud to be an employee of QSuper, not only because of our work culture and values, but because of the partnerships we have with organisations like Australia’s CEO Challenge, DVConnect and RizeUp, which are all helping to build and promote an environment where domestic and family violence is not tolerated.
“We spend a lot of our lives at work, and to be able to support employees who may be experiencing or witnessing family or domestic violence is an opportunity to impact and influence positive change. As an employer, it’s a huge responsibility, but it’s absolutely crucial.”
As Queensland’s oldest and largest superannuation fund, and a truly member-focused organisation, QSuper is passionate about playing a greater role in the community and giving something back to make a real difference to the lives of Queenslanders.
With so many of its members supporting victims of domestic violence in their roles as police, nurses, emergency services, teachers, child safety and legal officers, QSuper is committed to supporting frontline services and helping to keep victims safe throughout Queensland.
QSuper is proud to have a partnership with domestic violence hotline, DVConnect – the leading state-wide crisis response service that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes QSuper funding an additional full-time telephone support officer to answer up to 4,000 more calls annually from Queenslanders in need of support.
QSuper is a major sponsor of Darkness to Daylight 2018.